Ramaphosa, Meyer, Castro to receive National Orders

2009-03-26 00:00

Cape Town - Renowned constitutional negotiators Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer, as well as former Education minister Kader Asmal and the former leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro are among the individuals who will have National Orders bestowed on them by President Kgalema Motlanthe tomorrow.

The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africa bestows on its citizens as well as foreign nationals who have contributed to the country's attainment and building of democracy and to human rights.

Tomorrow's awards ceremony - with the theme of hope and resilience - will be the 13th since the establishment of the new system of National Orders.

Ramaphosa and Meyer will each receive the Order of the Baobab in Silver for their involvement in bringing about a democratic South Africa through negotiation and in recognition of their work on the Constitution.

Asmal will receive the Order of Luthuli in Silver for his "immense contribution to the liberation struggle, the South African education system and the environment''.

Fidel Castro will receive, in his absence, the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo in Gold for his contribution to the eradication of racism, colonialism, apartheid and inequality in human society.

The 82-year-old was replaced by his brother Raul Castro as president, after Castro underwent major intestinal surgery after 50 years as leader of Cuba.

Other awards include the Order of the Baobab in Silver to Irene Menell, Ethel Normoyle and Aanon Michael Rosholt.

Silver awards in the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo will go to Christian Krause, Sadako Ogato, Marcelino dos Santos and Andimba Toivo ya Toivo.

Bronze awards are to be made in the following categories:

Order of the Baobab, Order of Luthuli and Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo.

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