Tutu addresses Lead SA anniversary

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says South Africans have the potential for goodness.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says good leaders understand the difference between right and wrong which ultimately guides their decisions.

Tutu was speaking at Lead SA's third anniversary in Cape Town on Wednesday. The event was in honour of South Africa's everyday heroes.

Tutu says the best leaders listen to others and are accountable. He told guests all South Africans have the potential for goodness.

"You and I and all of us are made for goodness."

Primedia Broadcasting's CEO Terry Volkwyn says when Lead SA was launched in 2010; the aim was to ignite the spirit of the nation.

"Lead SA has been involved in over 50 projects that cover our main focus areas."

Volkwyn says since then ordinary citizens have risen to the challenge to do good in their communities daily.

One of them is 13-year-old Jordan van der Walt of St John's Preparatory School who was awarded R150,000 after being named the overall Lead SA Hero.

Moved by a documentary about 3 million South African children that go to school hungry each day Jordan started the Just One Bag campaign, where he asked his schoolmates to bring one bag of maize meal to school.

Learners at the school traditionally collected Easter eggs around the Easter break, but young Jordan asked his principal if they could rather collect maize meal because "I just thought that kids might prefer something more nutritious so that when they went home, they wouldn't get hungry."

The campaign has collected over 100 tons of maize meal, feeding over one million children. Over 50 schools have joined the campaign and more than 50 000 children have brought a bag of maize meal to school.