uBuntu Awards Ceremony Cancelled
We announced earlier this week that Joint Aid Management International (JAM) had been selected to receive one of the country’s most prestigious awards on Saturday 10 February, in Cape Town.
South Africa’s Department of International Relations (DIRCO), who are also custodians of the annual uBuntu Awards, unfortunately informed us yesterday that the ceremony, as well as other related government events, such as the State of the Nation Address, will be “postponed/cancelled until further notice”.
In addition to a number of prominent members of government and the general public expected to attend the event, President Jacob Zuma was also set to officiate at the ceremony.
“The move to delay the awards comes in the wake of Parliament’s decision to postpone the country’s State of the Nation Address, also set to take place in Cape Town this week” Clayson Monyela, the Deputy Director General of Public Diplomacy at DIRCO, said in a statement.
JAM International has been named in the category of Social Responsibility, which honours South African individuals and groups who have projected a positive image of our country internationally through excellent programming in their chosen fields.
“Through excellence in their chosen fields, the proud South Africans are recognised for serving as global ambassadors of the nation. These are South African citizens, who, through their Integrity, passion, patriotism and humility have raised the South African flag high on an international stage,” the presidency said in a statement this week.
While there is uncertainty around the actual ceremony, JAM would like to assure our supporters that this does not, in any way, affect our recognition and that our award will be delivered to us.
JAM, together with the support of our donors, remains ever committed to turning the tide against hunger and abject poverty on the continent of Africa.