Nkwenkwe Nkomo elected to World Scout Committee

The South African Scout Association is pleased to announce that the immediate past Chief Scout, Nkwenkwe Nkomo, has been elected to serve on the World Scout Committee.

Nkwenkwe Nkomo was elected at the 37th World Scout Conference, for a 6 year term, along with 5 other members from a field of 15 candidates from around the world.

Nkwenkwe Nkomo is the second South African to be elected to this the World Scout Committee. Previously Garnet de la Hunt was a member from 1996-2002 and also held the post of Chairman of the committee.

  • Nkwenkwe Nkomo is group deputy chairman of FCB South Africa, the country's largest marketing agency. In the 1970s, as national organiser for the Black People's Convention, he was imprisoned for eight years on Robben Island for "conspiring to overturn the state by unconstitutional means". He has just completed a second 5-year term as Chief Scout of the South African Scout Association. He is married and has two children.
  • The World Scout Committee consists of twelve volunteer members and is the highest executive body in World Scouting. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in Geneva, Switzerland. Its work addresses the top strategic priorities, as defined by the World Scout Conference, of youth involvement, volunteers in Scouting, and the profile of Scouting (communications, partnerships and resources). It also responsible for the financial and constitutional management of World Scouting, and for carrying out the resolutions of the World Scout Conference. The committee is supported by a permanent secretariat, the World Scout Bureau, with offices in several countries.
  • The 37th World Scout Conference was held 5-9 September 2005 in Yasmine Hammamet, Tunisia. It was attended by nearly 1,200 participants from 122 countries. The Conference was officially opened by the Tunisian Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi on behalf of the country's President His Excellency M. Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
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