The final act in the three-day birthday celebration of Cape Town’s beloved Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu took place at the University of the Western Cape on 8 October 2011. Because His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was not allowed to enter South Africa, what the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre had planned as an inaugural lecture instead took the form of a live video discussion between the Archbishop (in Cape Town) and His Holiness (in Dharamsala, India). The discussion, moderated by Professor Judith Mayotte, held the 800-strong audience spellbound throughout. In the audience were Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale, who is a member of the Desmond Tutu Peace Trust board, Mayor of Cape Town Ms Patricia De Lille, academics and friends and family of the Archbishop’s. The event was preceded by a storm of controversy due to a visa not being issued to allow His Holiness to travel. His Holiness is a patron of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre.