Pravin Gordhan will receive an ethical excellence award. Photo: File
DURBAN - Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will receive an award for ethical excellence next month from the Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa).

BEN-Africa will present the Order of Baobab to Gordhan for moral courage at their conference in November.  The award gets its name from the baobab, "a quintessential African symbol of wisdom, community and peace".

BEN-Africa President Liezi Groenewald said, "Mr Gordhan actively fought in the struggle against apartheid and today fights the struggle against unethical leadership and unethical business conduct." 

BEN-Africa is a non-profit organisation was founded in 1999 and is a "living network to expand business ethics on the African continent".  The conference will be held under the theme of Ethics and Energy.

Previous awardees are former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela, Professor Willie Eterhuyse and Professor Mervyn King.