-Hashim Amla, Lillian Dube, Digkang Moseneke, Neil Tovey, Hotstix Mabuse to be honoured –
South Africa will this Saturday (28 April) honour 35 individuals and four former African Heads of State with different National Order Awards for their immense contribution in different facets of life at the 24th Investiture Ceremony due to be held at Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The National Orders, the highest honour that can be bestowed by the country through the President, are a highlight of distinguished achievements and contributions made by South Africans as well as foreign nationals towards making SA “a free, democratic and successful nation”. The orders are conferred in different levels such as platinum, gold, silver and bronze.
The awards come in different categories such as the Order of Ikhamanga; Order of the Companions of OR Tambo; Order of Luthuli as well as the Order of Baobab.
Some of recipients for the Order of Ikhamanga, according to a list released by Cassius Lubisi, the Chancellor of the National Orders and Director General in the Presidency, include journalist, Taci Mackie and athlete, Elsa Meyer in the Gold category while the Silver category will see Proteas batsman, Hashim Amla, veteran actress, Lillian Dube, musician, Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse and former Bafana Bafana player, Neil Tovey, being honoured, among others. Former Deputy Chief Justice, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, will receive the Order of Luthuli for his contribution to “the field of law and the administration of justice in South Africa.
The Order of Ikhamanga recognises outstanding South Africans in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.
The Order of Baobab recognises outstanding service in the sectors of community service, business and the economy, science, medicine and technological innovation. The late businessman, Lot Ndlovu and activists, Violet Seboni and Nkosinathi Freddy Ndlovu will receive the Order of Baobab Silver.
The Order of Luthuli recognises SA citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, human rights and building democracy, justice and peace as well as conflict resolution.
In the Bronze category, two recipients, anti-apartheid activists, Ronald Bernickow and Sylvia Benjamin will be honoured posthumously.
In the Silver category, some of the most notable recipients include the late political activist, Mary Fitzgerald, late anti-apartheid activist, Rahima Moosa, anti-apartheid activist, Zondeni Sobukwe, among others.
The Gold category recipients are the late Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo and the late anti-apartheid activist, Mama Dora Tamana.
The Order of Companions of OR Tambo is reserved for friendship shown to South Africa by foreign heads of state or dignitaries or other eminent foreign persons. Recipients for the Gold awards are former Mozambique President Joachim Chissano, former Botswana President Sir Ketumile Masire, former Liberian President and the first female President in Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the first President of independent Namibia, Samuel Daniel Nujoma.
Full List of recipients:
Order of Ikhamanga
Journalist, Traci Mackie
Athlete, Elsa Meyer
Cricket: player Hashim Amla
Artist and Historian, Omar Badsha
Boxer, Eric Rishimati Baloyi
Musician, Johan Botha (posthumously)
Actress, Lillian Dube
Musician, Hotstix Mabuse Elana Meyer
Artist, John Koenakeefe Motlhankana (posthumously)
Artist, Thami Mnyele (posthumously)
Actress,, Advocate Nakedi Ribane
Rugby Playe,r Johan Smit
Soccer Player, Neil Tovey
Order of Baobab
Businessman, Maduke Lot Ndlovu (posthumous)
Activist, Nkosinathi Freddy Ndlovu
Activist, Violet Seboni
Order of Luthuli:
Anti-apartheid activist, Ronald Bernickow (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist, Sylvia Benjamin (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist, Godfrey Beck
Anti-apartheid activist, Lillian Diedericks
Political activist, Mary Fitzgerald (posthumously)
Writer and political activist, Farid Essack
Anti-apartheid activist, Swaminathan Gounden
Anti-apartheid activist, Reverend Charles Hooper (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist, Sibongile Mkhabela
Major General Keith Mokoape
Anti-apartheid activist, Rahima Moosa (posthumously)
General Moreti motau
Anti-apartheid activist, Zondeni Sobukwe
Inkosi Mhlabunzima Maphumulo (posthumously)
Anti-apartheid activist, Mama Dora Tamana (posthumously)
Order of Companions of OR Tambo:
Activist, Rosita Johnson
Ambassador, Alexander Sergeevich Dsasokhov
Russian Parliamentarian, Vyacheslav Tetekin
Former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano
Former President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile Masire
Former President of Namibia, Dr Samuel Daniel Nujoma