This year, South Africa is celebrating 20th anniversary of its first general elections when voters sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency ending the scourge of apartheid.  To mark this momentous occasion, South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP), the Africa Program of the Wilson Center and the Embassy of South Africa in Washington, D.C., hosted a half-day forum bringing together distinguished experts, business and political leaders and policymakers to discuss South Africa’s long road to freedom and democracy, the social, political and economic accomplishments of the country in the last two decades, and the challenges and opportunities ahead. The forum also featured a number of SAWIP students on a panel discussion focusing on the views of the “born free” generation on today’s South Africa and their concerns and hopes for the future of South Africa and the continent.

Please click here to watch the video of the afternoon forum South Africa at 20: Celebrating Two Decades of Freedom & Democracy.

The same evening, SAWIP hosted its annual fundraiser. The event included a keynote address by the Honorable Ebrahim Rasool, South African Ambassador to the United States and the presentation of 2014 SAWIP Ubuntu Award to Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). The 2014 SAWIP Business Champion Award was presented to Google, Inc.

We invite you to watch the video to see the highlights of the evening events and the remarks made by Senator Chris Coons and Ambassador Rasool.

Click here to see the photos from the evening.

SAWIP is grateful to our sponsors, donors and a number of corporate and individual supporters who supported this event with financial and in-kind contributions.

SAWIP summer auction is open for bidding!  Don’t miss out on your chance to win amazing prizes like:

*Round trip for two to South Africa*

*$1000 New York City Shopping Spree*

*A weekend stay at the historic Mimslyn Inn*

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