I would like to welcome everyone here to the 2012 Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. This year is unique in that we are holding this ceremony in Johannesburg for the first time so that it can co-incide with the African Grantmakers’ Network assembly which is taking place this week. Therefore a very special welcome to all those present who have travelled from across the continent and further afield to join us in Johannesburg.
Inyathelo is actively involved in promoting the growth of philanthropic giving in this country. The organisation was established 10 years ago, with the vision of a vibrant democracy in SA with a robust and sustainable civil society and institutions, supported by a strong local philanthropic movement. Tonight we celebrate the people who deserve to be honoured because they are, each in their own way, doing what they can to change the face of our country.