The Nelson Mandela Foundation in association with the University of Pretoria announced that billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates will deliver the fourteenth Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture under the theme "Living Together", on July 17 at the University of Pretoria's Mamelodi campus.
The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the Foundation's flagship programmes to honour anti-apartheid struggle icon Nelson Mandela.
The lecture also encourages local and international dialogue to address the multiple and complex challenges that face the world today. The lectures are addressed by speakers who have made a significant contribution in their respective fields of expertise.
Gates said it was an incredible honour to be invited to deliver this year's Nelson Mandela Lecture.
“President Mandela will be remembered for generations to come for his courage, his vision, and his relentless pursuit of equality and justice. I believe, as he did, that progress is possible. We can help people everywhere live healthier, more productive lives – if we make sure that innovation reaches everyone who needs it. I can't think of a better venue for discussing these urgent issues than the Nelson Mandela Lecture," said Gates.
Nelson Mandela Foundation chairperson Professor Njabulo Ndebele said the promise of a better life was possible through improving access to good quality education, health and opportunity.
“These are causes that Mr Gates continues to advance and support. We are honoured to have him to share his insights on the most challenging issues of our time," he said.
University of Pretoria Principal and Vice Chancellor Cheryl de la Rey said she knew that Gates would inspire students, staff and academics at the university.
She said her institution was delighted to partner with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to host the lecture.
She added that Gates’ dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the poor set a remarkable example for everyone.