Deputy President Paul Mashatile to address the Eighth Annual Awards

Media Advisory


9 February 2024


Deputy President Paul Mashatile to address the Eighth Annual Awards


On behalf of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President Paul Mashatile will tomorrow, 10 February 2024, deliver the keynote address at the Eighth Annual #UbuntuAwards2024 Ceremony.


The awards ceremony is organised annually by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and is aimed at recognising South African industry leaders, eminent persons and ordinary South African citizens for their distinguished service and contribution to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values across the world.


Traditionally, the event takes place after the opening of Parliament and brings together captains of industry, civil society leaders, members of the Cabinet and eminent persons, in addition to all Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to South Africa.


The Ubuntu Awards were launched in 2015 to celebrate South African citizens who play an active role in projecting a positive image of South Africa internationally through diligent service in their respective fields.


Winners from previous years include Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Mama Esther Mahlangu, DJ Black Coffee, the late Bra Hugh Masekela, comedian Trevor Noah, Pretty Yende (Arts and Culture category), Amanda Dlamini, athletes Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk (Sports category), as well as Standard Bank, Nandos, MTN and Old Mutual (Economic Diplomacy category), Dr. Hany El Banna, Gift of The Givers, and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (Social responsibility category), and Dr. Brigalia Bam (Lifetime Achievement), to mention but a few.


Details of the awards ceremony are as follows:


Date: Saturday, 10 February 2024

Time: 19h00 (Media to arrive at 18h00)

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre


Media enquiries: Vukani Mde, Spokesperson to the Deputy President on 081 307 9233


Issued by: The Presidency