Ubuntu Award for Cuban Fidel Castro

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro will be bestowed with the Ubuntu Award at the Mapungubwe Heritage Site in Musina, Limpopo, tomorrow.

The Ubuntu Campaign is a national drive for the revival and promotion of the values of ubuntu in nation building, social cohesion and national pride.

Castro will be the third person to be honoured with the award after former South African president Nelson Mandela and Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda in 2006 and 2007, respectively.

The Zambian ambassador to South Africa will receive the award on Castro's behalf.

Castro underwent emergency intestinal surgery in July 2006 and has not appeared at any public events since.

Warrior Kings of Limpopo will celebrate South Africa's diverse heritage with song and dance.

Proceedings will start with the unveiling of the ubuntu memorial honouring six kings - Makhado, Maleboho, Makgoba, Sekhukhune, Ngunguyane and Mokopane.

National Heritage Council spokesman Faith Lesego Moremong said yesterday the event would start today with an imbizo at Lesley Manyathela Stadium and culminate in Heritage Day celebrations tomorrow and the awardgiving ceremony in the evening.