Desmond and Leah Tutu in high spirits at CT ceremony

The Old Granary Building has been handed over to the couple's foundation.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah during the dedication of the Old Granary Building in Cape Town to their foundation. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah were in high spirits during the dedication of the Old Granary Building in Cape Town to their foundation.

Today mayor Patricia de Lille handed over the historic building to the couple's foundation in honour of their contribution to the country.

During the dedication ceremony the Arch and his wife of 60 years laughed and held hands.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says they have given their lives for South Africa and deserve to be honoured.

"It's now the turn of the city and the people of the city to say thank you to Archbishop and Mama Leah for the sacrifices they have made over their lifetime."

The more than 200-year-old building will now be used by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

At the same time, Leah will be handing over the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation's inaugural Unsung Heroes Award this afternoon during her birthday party.

Mpho Tutu says Leisa has been chosen as the first ever winner of the award for exceptional service to her community.

"Over decades she has worked in her community to better the life of men, women and children and she has looked after the families of political prisoners."

Tutu says the family will continue celebrating her mother's birthday at their home for the rest of the day.