Nominations are open for the Ubuntu Awards 2022

Media Release


30 January 2022


Nominations are open for the Ubuntu Awards 2022


The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) will host the annual Ubuntu Awards on Saturday, 12 February 2022, in Cape Town. The event will be held under the theme: “Celebrating Excellence in Diplomacy – Working together to build a better Africa and a Better world”.


Now in its sixth year, the Ubuntu Awards ceremony is an opportunity for DIRCO to recognise South African industry leaders, eminent persons and ordinary citizens for their distinguished service and contribution toward promoting the country’s national interests and values across the world.


The Ubuntu Awards 2022 will take place after the opening of Parliament and the State of the Nation Address (SONA). The awards ceremony will bring together captains of industry, leaders from civil society, members of Cabinet and distinguished guests, in addition to Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to South Africa.


Winners from previous years include the Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Gogo Esther Mahlangu and Black Coffee (Arts and Culture category); Amanda Dlamini, Caster Semenya and Wayde van Niekerk (Sports category); Standard Bank and Old Mutual (Economic Diplomacy category); Babies Behind Bars and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (Social responsibility category), to mention but a few.


Nominations are now open for South Africans who continue to represent internationally. Nominations can be submitted on the website,


Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974




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