An Indian-origin philanthropist in South Africa has been elected to a US-based global organisation which works for the welfare of the community. Ishwar Ramlutchman, an anointed Prince of the Zulu Kingdom, received 63 per cent of the votes in a tightly-fought election for the Executive Vice President of the new international executive council of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO). The voting took place through electronic ballots from GOPIO members across 21 countries. Ramlutchman joined the GOPIO in 2012 as a Life Member and Chapter President of Zululand before being appointed as Africa Co-Coordinator for two terms from 2013 to 2017, during which he oversaw the exponential growth of the organisation on the continent. Last year, he hosted the GOPIO Bienniel Business Convention in Durban. This convention saw many international and local businessman and dignitaries committing to a range of projects to benefit the diaspora. Ramlutchman said he is truly humbled by the confidence and trust that my colleagues in the GOPIO from across the globe have placed in him in furthering the goals of the organisation as they embark on supporting the new India which is at the threshold of accepting new technologies and business investments.