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
- 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.