Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu (above) has announced that he will cut back on public life when he turns 79 later this year, saying “the time has now come to slow down”.
The former Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town said that after his birthday on October 7 he will limit his time in the office to one day a week until February 2011, when he will retire. “Instead of growing old gracefully, at home with my family, reading and writing and praying and thinking, too much of my time has been spent at airports and in hotels,” Dr Tutu said.
“The time has now come to slow down, to sip rooibos tea with my beloved wife in the afternoons, to watch cricket, to travel to visit my children and grandchildren, rather than (go) to conferences and university campuses.”
In recent weeks a jovial Dr Tutu appeared at several World Cup events. He gave a speech to thunderous applause at the tournament's gala concert and was seen dancing in his seat at the opening ceremony. Dr Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, then used his new-found international stature to step up the campaign against Apartheid.