On 14 February 2015 ACCORD Trustee H.E. Ambassador Billy Modise, was one of the recipients of the Ubuntu Lifetime Achiever Award, presented at the inaugural Ubuntu Awards ceremony hosted by the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) in Cape Town, South Africa.
ACCORD Trustee Ambassador Modise recognised at the inaugural Ubuntu Awards. The aim of the Ubuntu Awards are to recognise South African industry leaders and eminent persons for their contribution to promoting South Africa’s national interests and values across the world. There are a number of awards presented in different categories including social responsibility; economic contribution; culture; sport and lifetime achievement. H.E. Ambassador Modise played a crucial role in mobilising the international community against apartheid, as well as the boycott of South African products, while he was in exile.
In his keynote address President Jacob Zuma said that Government and its diplomats could not work alone, and that all sectors of society were needed to build relations and promote friendships with the world.
Over six hundred people attended the ceremony including Ministers; Premiers; Deputy Ministers; members of the Diplomatic Corps, the Private Sector and various personalities.
H.E. Ambassador Modise is the former South African Ambassador to Canada and the former South African Chief of State Protocol.