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Desmond Tutu

Desmond Mpilo Tutu

South African Cleric and Activist

Born 07-10-1931 in Klerksdorp South Africa

Desmond Tutu is a South African cleric and activist who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid. In 1984, Tutu became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tutu was the first black South African Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, and primate of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of Southern Africa). Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chairman of The Elders. Tutu is vocal in his defence of human rights and uses his high profile to campaign for the oppressed. Archbishop Desmond Tutu announced his retirement from public life in July 2010.

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Business Address

44 Frazzitta Business Park, Koeberg Road, Milnerton, 7441

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Awareness Campign for Mandela Day

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Book - "Love in Chaos: Spiritual Growth and the Se...

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Current Position(s)

Founder and Director | The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre
South Africa | 1998 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Previous Position(s)

Chairperson | The Elders
South Africa | 2007 - May 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Visiting Professor | King's College
2004 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training

Chancellor | University of the Western Cape
Bellville, South Africa | 1988 - 2011

Academia, Education and Training

Tenth Lord Archbishop and Eleventh Bishop | Cape Town | Church of the Province of Southern Africa
1986 - 1996

Social Development and Community Services

Anglican Dean | St. Mary's Cathedral
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1975 - 1976

Social Development and Community Services

Lecturer | Department of Theology | National University of Lesotho
Roma | 1970 - 1972

Academia, Education and Training

Part-time Curate | St Mary's Anglican Church
Bletchingley, Surrey | 1966 - 1966

Social Development and Community Services

Teacher | Munsieville High School
Pietermaritzburg | 1955 - 1958

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


College of Pretoria Bantu Normal

1951 - 1953

Diploma in Teaching

University of London


Master of Theology

University of Gent, Belgium

Gent, Belgium | Awarded in 2005

Honorary Degree

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Awarded in 2007

Honorary Doctorate

University of London

Bachelor of Divinity

St Peter’s Theology College





Templeton Prize, for his lifelong work to promote "love and forgiveness". | 2013

Unesco/Bilbao Human Rights Prize | 2012

Ibrahim Prize for Achievement | 2012

Sydney Peace Price | 1999

Mexican Order of the Aztec Medal (Insignia Grade)

US Presidential Medal of Freedom

Spiritual Leadership Award | Dalai Lama

Light of Truth Award | Dalai Lama

Gandhi Peace Award | Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh | 2005

Order of Merit Grand Cross | Federal Republic of Germany

Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award | Emmanuel College USA & Human Behaviour Foundation

Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour for anti-Apartheid Activities | French President Jacques Chirac

Humanitarian Award | African Times

Bill of Rights Award | American Civil Liberation Union Fund

Order for Meritorious Service Award (Gold) | President Mandela

Award for Outstanding Service to the Anglican Communion | Archbishop of Canterbury

Bishop John T Walker Distinguished Humanitarian Award

Fellow | African Academy of Science

Freedom Of The City

Third World Prize (jointly)

Freedom Of The City

Cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Freedom Of The City

Cities in England

Freedom Of The City

Cities in Wales

Freedom Of The City

Cities in Italy

Martin Luther King Junior Humanitarian Award

Nobel Peace Prize | Nobel Foundation

media exposure

Author | The Rainbow People of God | 1994

Co-Author | Bounty in Bondage: Anglican Church in Southern Africa - Essays in Honour of Edward King, Dean of Cape Town | 1989

Author | Hope and Suffering: Sermons and Speeches | 1983

Author | Crying in the Wilderness | 1982

Co-Author | God Is Not A Christian: And Other Provocations | 2011

Author | Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All The Difference | 2010



Harmony Child Foundation

Patron, 1995 - 1995

Hospice Association of southern Africa

Patron, 1995 - 1995

World Campaign Against Military & Nuclear Collaboration with South Africa

Patron, 1994 - 1994

Beacon Millennium

Patron, 1994 - 1994

Action from Ireland

Patron, 1994 - 1994

Cape Town Olympic Bid Committee

Patron, 1993 - 1993

Educational Opportunities Council

Trustee and Chair of the Executive Committee

Desmond Tutu Education Trust


Children's Trust South Africa


Africa Europe Institute

Trustee (Chair of Board)

Kagiso Trust & many others


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