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Joining forces for Tutu and Mandela

(Clive Conway of the Tutu Foundation (UK); The Principal, Canon Chris Chivers; Tom Shore of the Elders and Mandela8).


We were privileged to join representatives of the Tutu Foundation (UK) and the Nelson Mandela’s Elders for a discussion of the respective legacies of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, and the challenge of carrying on their work of reconciliation and unity. The Principal shared his recollections of life and work with Madiba and the Arch, as they are affectionately known, helping illuminate their personal philosophy and beliefs. The core value of placing ones self in the shoes of others, of transforming the past whilst not forgetting its iniquities, played a central role in informing the debate on the night. A highlight was the opportunity to hear from a young man who is personally facilitating discussions between marginalised youths and the police, and how applying the principles of empathy and forgiveness had helped bring reconciliation between individuals and groups. We were delighted to join others who are helping realise the vision and promote the life’s work of two of the world’s great leaders, and to contribute to this through the expanding Desmond Tutu Centre.

The event was arranged by the South African Chamber of Commerce (UK) and hosted by Berwin Leighton Paisner at their London offices. You can read more about the evening on the SA Chambers website here.

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