Ethekwini: City honours its living legends

2012-09-10 00:00

AUTHOR and anti-apartheid activist Lauretta Ngcobo and Durban jazz stalwart Theo Bhopela were among this year’s recipients of the eThekwini Living Legends Awards, presented during a ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday.

Other recipients were botanist Professor Himansu Baij­nath; ANC military veteran Thula Bopela; ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete; educator Reginald Myeza; Anglican bishop of Natal Rubin Phillip; UN Human Rights commissioner Judge Navi Pillay; artist Michael Sibisi; actress, scriptwriter and founder of the artSmart website Caroline Smart; and ecologist Cecil Ward.

The awards are an initiative of the eThekwini Municipality’s parks, recreation and culture service unit to recognise the achievements of current and previous residents in various fields of human endeavour, while they are still alive.

The awards were launched in 2008 and the awards ceremony takes place in September as part of the unit’s heritage month’s celebrations.

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