Shared Interest organization honors South Africa’s Finance Minister

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L-R: Kennedy Bungane, Linnie McLean, Shared Interest Board Chair with South African Minister of Finance Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan

By Isseu Diouf Campbell

South African Minister of Finance Pravin Jamnadas Gordhan was among the honorees recognized on April 23 at Shared Interest’s 18th Anniversary Awards Dinner at Gotham Hall in New York.

Gordhan received an award for advancing South Africa’s economic development, Karen and Phillip Berry were honored for forging partnerships to expand opportunities in South Africa, and the Merck pharmaceutical company was honored for building healthy communities in Africa.

The entertainment for the black tie event was provided by Somi, an American Jazz and soul singer of Rwandan and Ugandan descent.

Created in 1994, Shared Interest’s mission is to mobilize the resources for Southern Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build equitable nations.

According to Shared interest executive director Donna Katzin, since 1994 the organization has helped create 130,020 micro enterprises, 1,182 small businesses, 120,384 new and improved homes, and 1,838,224 jobs in South Africa. For more information, visit

Photos of the event

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