Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu’s 18-year-old granddaughter Nyaniso Burris will deliver the keynote address at a special PeaceJam Youth Leadership Conference this weekend. The gathering, at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Bellville campus, has been organised to coincide with the Archbishop’s 84th birthday next week.
Nyaniso will speak on Youth, Peace and Reconciliation at 10am tomorrow (Saturday 3 October).
PeaceJam is an international organisation based in the United States that seeks to promote human rights and community service among young people through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates. Members of the PeaceJam Foundation include Archbishop Tutu, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, Oscar Arias, Máiread Corrigan Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, to name but a few.
The Cape Town event this weekend is being run in conjunction with the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre.
The Reverend Canon Mpho Tutu, Nyaniso’s mother and the Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, is scheduled to address the event at 10am on Sunday.