We are among the inaugural winners of the Ubuntu Awards, a new initiative by South Africa’s government that celebrates efforts by businesses and individuals to promote the country’s national interests and values across the world
The awards were presented on 15 February at a gala ceremony in Cape Town. The event was hosted by South African President, Jacob Zuma, with many leading figures from government, industry and civil society in attendance.
We were selected for the Global Economic Diplomacy Award, recognising our role as a global ambassador for South Africa’s commercial sector, as well as our efforts to support the country’s socio-economic goals in areas such as job creation and attracting investment. Monwabisi Fandeso, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SAB, received the award from Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
Monwabisi Fandeso, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SAB, received the award from Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
Mark Bowman, Managing Director of SABMiller Africa, has praised the hard work that lay behind the glamour of the occasion: “We have worked tirelessly to build and enhance our credibility with government and community stakeholders. Over the years we’ve pioneered a series of initiatives that have created real impact, among them our youth entrepreneurship programme KickStart, several farming initiatives and our strong focus on promoting alcohol responsibility.
“In the broader African market we have made a real difference on the ground, through sustainable agriculture initiatives such as Go Farming as well as a range of projects dedicated to conserving precious water resources. All of these support our broader relationship development activities across the continent.”
Other winners on the night included Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Chad Le Clos, also popular music stars Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse and Yvonne "Princess of Africa" Chaka-Chaka. The prestigious Ubuntu Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to two recipients: Billy Modise, South Africa's first High Commissioner to Canada, and Dr Ruth Mompati, one of the leaders of the historic 1956 Women's March.