Dharamsala, HP, India, 4 October 2011 - His Holiness
the Dalai Lama had been invited to South Africa by a number of
universities and organizations including Stellenbosch University, the
Tutu Centre and the Mahatma Gandhi Trust to give public talks, deliver
Bishop Tutu's 80th Birth Anniversary Inaugural Lecture and to receive
the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Peace and Reconciliation.
His Holiness was scheduled to visit South Africa 6th - 14th October 2011. Visa applications for him and his entourage were submitted to the South African High Commission in New Delhi at the end of August and original passports were submitted on 20th September, over two weeks ago.