Neville Gabriel

Neville Gabriel

    A night in prison is what guests at the 2012 Drivers of Change and Investing in the Future awards were invited to

    Africa is changing. There are signs of new energies, interests, actors and wealth, writes Neville Gabriel.

    The calibre of the finalists in all four Drivers of Change Award categories demonstrates an essential characteristic of innovation.

    We believe a change in the way we do things could bring a revolution to the world we live in and that is what the Southern Africa Trust works for.

    Since its debut last year the Drivers of Change Awards have grown significantly in both quantity and quality of entries. The awards uphold living examples of innovative approaches to anti-­poverty work. Last year nominations were received only in English from Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. But this year English, French and Portuguese entries came from Lesotho, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

    Human rights only really exist when there is legal protection of those rights, and legal protection is only effective when some form of redress for human-rights violations is imposed. The government should stand by apartheid's victims.