Mrs Maria Nyerere, will on behalf of her late husband Dr Julius Nyerere, receive the Ubuntu Honour of 2014 at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on 11 August 2014, 16h00 at a ceremony that will be held by the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC).
Dr Nyerere joins other ‘Citizens of the World’ who receives the honour for their living evidence of the values of Ubuntu – Dr Nelson Mandela (2006); Dr Kenneth Kaunda (2007); Fidel Castro (2008); Dr Boutros Boutros-Ghali (2009), Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (2011) and Ms Miriam Makeba (2013). He has been identified by a select committee of eminent persons as one such citizen of the world who, during his lifetime lived a humble life prioritising the improvement of the quality of life of citizens of Africa. As President Kikwete said at the funeral of the late former State President of South Africa, Dr Nelson Mandela: “Tanzania was Madiba’s first port of call and Dr Nyerere was his host. From that visit the African National Congress, which is currently the ruling party, was supported with military training, food, shelter and land”.
This year, the NHC had chosen to honour somebody who in their work and deeds lived and left a lasting legacy influenced by values which the current and next generations could aspire to emulate and live by. Dr Julius Nyerere emerged as the most deserving candidate worthy of receiving the Ubuntu Honours in 2014.
Partners in support of this year’s honour are the Somafco Trust and the University of Tanzania in celebration of the 20 years freedom, which also coincides with the 50 years celebration of the formation of Zanzibar.
Through these honours the NHC seeks to foster social cohesion and enhance nation building with the realisation that since the advent of democracy in 1994, South Africa has been confronted with the struggle of the decay of the moral fibre in most of our communities. “Our initiative thus responds and also adds impetus to the tireless efforts by our democratic Government to reconcile, unify and inculcate patriotism amongst the diverse and often fragmented communities in South Africa. The manifestation of social ills, deep-seated hatred, xenophobic attacks, alarming murder incidents, racism and violence regrettably amongst others further adds to the erosion of the good morals and values in our society” says Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the NHC.