Honour for Sam Ramsamy
International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive member Dr Sam Ramsamy was among the winners at the recent annual Mahatma Gandhi Satyagraha Awards that took place in Durban.
The awards were made at the Durban City Hall by the Gandhi Development Trust.
A prominent anti-apartheid activist, Ramsamy’s award was to honour the role he played in furthering the cause of the oppressed people of South Africa as well as in upholding the principles of social justice and human rights. This sports enthusiast and former Physical and Health Education lecturer was a member of the Committee responsible for the inaugural of Dr. Nelson Mandela as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Ramsamy has also worked for the United Nations on consultant basis.
The Mahatma Gandhi International Award (s) for Peace and Reconciliation honour Mahatma Gandhi who began his socio-political life in South Africa and struggled ceaselessly for justice and for peace and reconciliation. The award was created in 2003 to mark the centenary of a newspaper, Indian Opinion, and published in South Africa by Mahatma Gandhi.
Other recipients include Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, former Natal Indian Congress President Rabbi Bugwandeen, activists for religious reconciliation Saydoonisa Sayeed and Paddy Meskin, former political activists Ma Getrude Shope and Maniben Sita.