Professor Adam Habib, vice-chancellor and principal at the University of the Witwatersrand was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Shotokan Karate-Do International South Africa (SKISA) annual awards. The event was held on Saturday evening at the Durban University of Technology.
Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, and well-known public intellectual, among other things. His book “Rebels and Rage” is a personal assessment of the #FeesMustFall movement.
“I appreciate the award and feel honoured. It is with great honour to stand here in front of you and receive it. I have one thing besides being grateful that I wish you to go away with today. That is to encourage you to stand up to racism, and turn it around for a better future. Do it for the emerging society,” said Habib.
SKISA president and founder, Kyoshi Sonny Pillay said that the trust annually selects personalities from all walks of life who make a positive difference amongst the people of the rainbow nation. The awards also saw a number of young and old karate participants receiving trophies and certificates in different categories including club, commendation, Protea and Dan.
“We are awarding and appreciating those who have done well. We are saying congratulations, we see all your hard work. This evening is about encouraging those who have done well in karate and achieved great results to continue striving for best,” Pillay said. “SKISA is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit organisation that is dedicated to developing, serving, supporting and protecting the interest of karate. In KwaZulu-Natal we have over 1000 members.”