Siphokazi Jonas to open the 12th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture


Desmond Tutu

The 12th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture returns on 7 October 2022, marking the first Lecture since Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s passing at the end of 2021.

The event is being held on Archbishop Tutu’s birthday and will honour his extraordinary life while reflecting his legacy into the future.

The heart of the Peace Lecture is rooted in the Foundation’s work to transform our collective consciousness through the courageous pursuit of healing, inspired by the legacy that Archbishop Tutu left for us. In the last few years, we all witnessed the devastating impact of a global pandemic, climate change and conflict. The Arch, as he was fondly known, held a lifelong conviction that one can only get through hard times by holding on to hope. As he put it, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” In line with this, the 12th International Peace Lecture theme is: A Vision for Hope and Healing.

This year’s Peace Lecture will be delivered by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, who will appear with best-selling author Doug Abrams. Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed is credited as being one of the key architects of the Sustainable Development Goals, setting an agenda for how we can develop flourishing societies and the planet.

She is a globally recognised leader in action to prevent climate change, having served as the Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Abrams is best-known for his collaborative work with Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama to co-author The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World.

He has worked with other Nobel Laureates including Nelson Mandela, Jody Williams, and Elizabeth Blackburn, as well as many visionary luminaries like Stephen Hawking and Jane Goodall.

Chairperson of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Niclas Kjellström-Matseke said, “Amina Mohammed, through her extraordinary work as a global leader can share an inspiring vision for global development.

This is well-paired with Doug Abrams’ intimate portraits and ability to draw out the wisdom of many of the elders of our times. I am confident that this will be a powerful moment for us to reimagine the possibilities of a bold future, shaped by collective healing and humanity.”

The Foundation’s “Festival of Hope” will include performances by musician, Vicky Sampson who will be joined by the South Africa Youth Choir.

Award-winning poet, playwright, and performer Siphokazi Jonas will also grace the stage, while the vibrant, female-driven social enterprise Marimba Jam will keep visitors entertained upon their arrival.

Siphokazi Jonas with the SAFTA award for #WeAreDyingHere
Siphokazi Jonas with the SAFTA award for #WeAreDyingHere

We are excited to receive our esteemed dignitaries to our first in-person lecture since the onset of the pandemic.

Visitors will also experience a curation of artworks by children from around the city, reflecting their own visions of hope and healing for the future.

We invite everyone to join us for this powerful dialogue at the Cape Town City Hall, 7 October 2022; 19h00-21h00.

Book your free tickets on or stream the lecture on or on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

Published by Triple M Entertainment

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