Recipients for SA's highest award


Pretoria – Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi has announced the names of recipients who will be bestowed with the country's highest honour.

The National Orders are given to South Africans and foreign nationals for outstanding work that benefits the country whether through acts of bravery or community service.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to present the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo. Orders will be presented in bronze, silver, and gold for varying degrees of achievement.

Click here for the complete list of nominees.

The Order of Mendi for Bravery, will go to Cletus Mzimela. He will receive the order in gold for his precision under pressure and gallantry in the face of crippling odds in pursuit of the liberation of the people of South Africa.

The Order of Ikhamanga will go to Olympic swimmer Chad Le Clos, who will be awarded in silver for his achievements in swimming, notably in last year’s London Olympics. The order recognises those who have excelled in the arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

The Order of the Baobab which recognises those who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation will go to Nontsikelelo Qwelane who will receive the order in silver for her contribution to education in South Africa. At the age of 92, Qwelane is the oldest known teacher in the country.

The Order of Luthuli goes to those who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice, and conflict resolution.

Chair of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will receive the order in gold for her life's work to the cause of freedom in South African and the development of democracy on the African continent.

The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to those whose work has benefitted South Africa and beyond. Professor George Ekama will receive the order in silver for his research and innovation enhancing wastewater treatment and reducing water scarcity.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo will go posthumously to Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham for his work in the peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support to South Africa. Burnham established diplomatic relations with many other African countries and supported the liberation movement in South Africa. His work also lead to the liberation of Guyana.

Next week's event marks the 19th ceremony for the presentation of the National Orders. The first took place in 1994, the year the country's democracy began.

-- Reporting by Sam Rong.

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