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Video: Jay Naidoo Receives the Ellen Kuzwayo Award for Outstanding Contributions to Society

Fighting for JusticeJay Naidoo, author of Fighting for Justice: A Lifetime of Political and Social Activism, has been awarded the Ellen Kuzwayo Council Award by the University of Johannesburg for his outstanding contributions to society. Naidoo was a minister of telecommunications in former President Nelson Mandela’s cabinet, and is currently Chairman of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and Chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).

The Council of the University of Johannesburg, annually bestow the Ellen Kuzwayo Council Award to individuals who, in the estimation of the Council, demonstrates sustained and exceptional contributions beyond the confines of teaching and research over an extended period of time to the promotion of the well-being of the University or the well-being of society in a manner that are aligned to the University’s vision, mission, core values and strategic goals and with which the Institution is proud to be associated.

Naidoo received the award in absentia but his response was filmed by the University of Johannesburg. In the video, shared on Naidoo’s website, he says that he got up every day wanting to make a difference, with the specific focus on alleviating poverty. He is particularly grateful for this award because “Ma Ellen”, as he calls her, and his mother, inspired him “through their service, spirituality and dedication”.

Naidoo says, “I think Ellen Kuzwayo is really a hero of our story, of our political narrative…there’s so much political arrogance out there that we’ve forgotten what we fought for and why we fought.”

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