The Board of the FW de Klerk Foundation decided to present the 2020 FW de Klerk Goodwill Award to Moeletsi Mbeki for the manner in which he has consistently held the rational middle ground in South Africa’s national debate. Mr Mbeki is a businessman, journalist, author and political and economic commentator. He is also the Deputy Chair of the South African Institute of International Affairs.

In these capacities he has become one of the truly free spirits of our national discourse, questioning everything, speaking to everyone, refusing to be bound by any of the prevailing ideologies. By so-doing he has succeeded in communicating across the silos that characterise so much of our present debate. He has challenged us all to question our own assumptions and has reminded us that we all share a common destiny in this wonderful country.

Former President FW de Klerk presented the Goodwill Award to Mr Mbeki at the Foundation’s Annual Gala Dinner in Cape Town on Thursday, 30 January 2020.

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation
4 February 2020