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Celebrating Icons in the Service of Others

Renowned Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nicky Newton-King will deliver keynote addresses at this this year’s Drivers of Change Awards ceremony to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hosted by Southern Africa Trust and Mail & Guardian, the awards will celebrate individuals and organisations that are making impact in bettering the lives of poor people, particularly through empowering women and girls.

Nicky Newton King, the first female Chief Executive Officer at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, oversees Africa’s largest stock exchange. She not only is a pioneer, but is also an inspiration to women who aspire to move up and be forces of change in the business world.

Known as the princess of Africa, Yvonne Chaka Chaka has made immense contribution to African music and inspired a generation of musicians and humanitarians throughout the world. She is also a human rights activist, UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador against malaria, teacher and community worker.

Since inception in 2006, Drivers of Change Awards have recognised and acknowledged outstanding individuals and organisations from across southern Africa whose work inspires innovative partnerships, practices and strategies to make a real and lasting impact to end poverty and reduce inequality.  The awards are given in the individual, business, civil society and government categories.

Previous recipients include the incumbent African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, Financier Allan Gray, and Anglo American’s enterprise development arm, Zimele.

The Trust is an independent agency working to influence policy in key regional issues that affect marginalised communities.