ABOUT THE UBUNTU AWARDS

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN DIPLOMACY

In 2015, the annual Ubuntu Awards were launched to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally. Through excellence in their chosen fields, these proud South Africans serve as global ambassadors of our nation.

The awards celebrate South African citizens, who, through their Integrity, Passion, Patriotism and Humility have raised the South African flag high on an international stage.

Ubuntu Economic Diplomacy Award (Africa)

A business that has contributed to South Africa’s reputation as an ideal destination to conduct business and has contributed to South Africa’s socio-economic goals of, inter alia, creating jobs, facilitating trade and attracting investment within the African continent.

Ubuntu Economic Diplomacy Award (Global)

A business that has contributed to South Africa’s reputation as an ideal destination to conduct business and has contributed to South Africa’s socio-economic goals of, inter alia, creating jobs, facilitating trade and attracting investment on an International stage.

Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award (Veteran)

An individual or organization that through their efforts and craft has promoted South African arts and culture and/or facilitated cultural exchanges between South Africa and other international communities that have resulted in a positive image of SA globally.

Ubuntu Arts and Cultural Diplomacy Award (Youth)

An individual or organization that through their efforts and craft has promoted South African arts and culture and/or facilitated cultural exchanges between South Africa and other international communities that have resulted in a positive image of SA globally.

Ubuntu Social Responsibility Award

A South African organization or individual who has consistently acted on behalf of and contributed to the benefit of others and through this, contributed to South Africa’s reputation as a caring nation.

Ubuntu Youth Diplomacy Award

An individual, 15 – 35 years old, who through their actions, activities and achievements have promoted South Africa as a dynamic country with an enabling environment for youth to thrive and contribute to making South Africa and world a better place.

Ubuntu Sports Diplomacy Award

An individual or organization that has, through their efforts in the fields of sport, arts and culture promoted a positive image of South Africa globally and/or exchange of cultural programs and equity between SA and other international communities.

THE DEFINITION OF UBUNTU

‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality.

THE JUDGES

DON’T JUDGE EACH DAY BY THE HARVEST YOU REAP BUT BY THE SEEDS THAT YOU PLANT

It is used to capture the universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”. Ubuntu is expressed through various human acts, clearly visible in social, political, and economic situations, as well as among family.

Mr Clayson MonyelaMr Clayson Monyela.

Deputy Director General, DIRCO (Moderator)

Amb Mathu Joyini.

Deputy Director General, DIRCO

Mr Thebe Ikalafeng.

Founder of Brand Leadership

Ms Chichi Maponya.

CEO –  Maponya Group

Mr Robert MarawaMr Robert Marawa.

Sports Journalist, TV and Radio Personality

Dr Sithembile Mbete.

Lecturer, University of Pretoria 

‘For the work he has done when very few amongst his rank could not take the risk, the ANC has described Tambo as “the glue that held the anti-apartheid movement together”. He is remembered as a patient listener with a razor-sharp intellect who employed the traditional African methods of consensus to negotiate and reach decisions.

Our Socials

Contact Ubuntu Awards 2020

Ms Nthabiseng Makuwa
Acting Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations & Marketing
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation

O.R Tambo Building
No 460 Soutpansberg
Pretoria

Email: MakuwaN@dirco.gov.za
Tel: 012 351 0709