The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) will visit the Biko family and the Ginsberg community to handover the Ubuntu Honours Award to the wife of the late anti-apartheid activist, Bantu Steve Biko in the Eastern Cape.
The Ubuntu Honours is one of the Golden Shield Heritage Awards’ select categories which is handed to someone who personifies the values of Ubuntu. The NHC believes that Mam’ Ntsiki Biko has preserved the legacy and heritage of Biko and lived by the values and principles embodied by the stalwart. She resiliently worked for the community despite of her hardships that she had to endure because of her association with her husband’s political activism.
She could not attend the ceremony that was held in Kimberly on 14 September 2018 as part of the National Heritage Month celebrations to receive her award in person. It is however customary that the Ubuntu award is handed over to the recipient at a special ceremony where the community and close associates are in attendance. This provide an opportunity for the community to be inspired and encouraged to continue with acts of Ubuntu in society which is one of the main goals of this Ubuntu Honour.
Earlier recipients of the same Ubuntu Honour were, among others, Nelson Mandela, Miriam Makeba, Fidel Castro, Winnie Mandela and Boutros-Boutros Ghali.
- Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
- Venue: Steve Biko Centre, Ginsberg, Eastern Cape
- Time: 12h00 am
Winners for the Golden Shield Heritage Awards 2018 can be downloaded here or via the NHC’s website: www.nhc.org.za
For more information contact: Danny Goulkan (Communications Manager), 012 348 1663/ 072 952 2260/ firstname.lastname@example.org