Secularist of the Year

The Secularist of the Year is awarded by the South African Secular Society (SASS). The award goes to the individual or organisation that the judges consider to have made the greatest contribution to the separation of religion and government in the country for that year. The prize consists of a trophy and was first awarded in 2017.

Factors considered in the award include, but are not limited to:

  • The extent of benefit accrued to, or harm averted from, the secular cause in South Africa and beyond
  • Contribution to the normalisation of secular views in the public eye (awareness, media coverage)
  • Current – or groundwork for possible future – legislative impact of the nominee’s actions
  • Nominee’s overall presence in South African society as a positive role model for secularism

The “Secularist of the Year” Award enables secularists and others who recognise the value of a secular state to celebrate milestones and meritorious achievements in the advancement of egalitarian treatment of South African citizens by their government and society.