The Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation established the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award in 2010 to give recognition to individuals and organisations that have made exceptional contributions to the promotion of goodwill between South Africans. Past winners include Dr Danny Jordaan (2011); Pieter-Dirk Uys (2012); Studietrust (2013) and Patrice Motsepe (2014).

The Board decided to make the 2015 Award to Afrika Tikkun in recognition of its wide range of programmes that empower vulnerable children and youth in South African townships. Afrika Tikkun’s ‘cradle-to-career’ model invests in the development of disadvantaged children from early infancy through young adulthood and into the world of work. The organisation provides education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community Centres of Excellence in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

During 2014, Afrika Tikkun had a positive impact on the lives of 19 621 young children across South Africa. Its activities included the provision of primary health care, the creation of 600 jobs, and the provision of 50 000 meals to youth and their families.

Afrika Tikkun has materially improved the lives and prospects of tens of thousands of young people. In so doing, it has also developed an enormous reservoir of goodwill between South Africans from our different communities.

The FW de Klerk Goodwill Award will be presented by FW de Klerk to Marc Lubner, Chief Executive Officer of Afrika Tikkun, at the Foundation’s annual Gala Dinner in Cape Town on 2 February 2015.

Issued by the FW de Klerk Foundation