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Lifetime achievement award for Tutu in SA Men of the Year

By: stagedoorscribbler - December 3, 2018

Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he’s thrilled to have received a lifetime achievement award in South Africa’s prestigious Men of the Year event.

Now in its fourth year, SA Men of the Year recognises positive male role models and men of integrity in South African Society.

For much garlanded Archbishop Tutu, lifelong campaigner for peace and social justice who was made a Nobel laureate for his fight against apartheid,   this award is particularly special. 

Receiving the honour on his behalf at the event at Carnival City which was  hosted by the Guateng government, Rizaan Bailey of the  Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation said: “The archbishop is very thrilled and appreciative of receiving the reward. He’s received many awards but it’s heart-warming when it’s from your own hometown, him being from Gauteng, originally Soweto, it’s heart-warming to be honoured in this way.”

Also honoured were Professor Stan Sangweni, Professor Mshengu Muzi Tshabalala, Dr Sam Motsuenyane and  musician Jonas Gwangwa.

The foundation said that 87-year-old Archbishop Tutu, who has retired from public life, is in good health despite being hospitalised in September.