Prof Thuli Madonsela presented the SBA/Adam Small Memorial Lecture on Saturday, 23 February 2019 at 11:00 during the third Adam Small Festival at Pniël. This memorial lecture is part of the Foundation for Empowerment through Afrikaans (SBA)’s Language Heritage Program, which celebrates the work and legacy of people who have made a remarkable contribution to making the diversity of Afrikaans visible.
Prof Madonsela is well known for her 7-year term as Public Protector, a quasi-legal administrative oversight body responsible for investigating and correcting maladministration, corruption, ethical violations by the executive and related irregularities in the state administration. She currently holds the Chair of Social Justice in the Faculty of Law of the University of Stellenbosch. In this capacity he undertakes research on social justice and presents his lectures in constitutional – and administrative law. She is also the founder of the Thuma Foundation, an independent enterprise that promotes democratic leadership and social literacy.
Prof Madonsela was named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME100 magazine in 2014 and in 2016 Forbes Africa named her Person of the Year.
The SBA’s mission is to develop literacy through Afrikaans and at the same time achieve respect for Afrikaans. Literacy encompasses all communication skills acquired on the basis of spoken and written language skills and which are essential for the realization of full human dignity in all spheres of life. In collaboration with numerous sponsors, the SBA ensures that Afrikaans at all levels receives attention with, among other things, reading projects, translation of school textbooks, drama enrichment, theater attendance, as well as mathematics and science workshops for teachers.