Athletes, poets, politicians to receive national orders

2013-04-22 15:14

Athletes, clergymen, politicians and anti-apartheid struggle stalwarts have been named as recipients of this year’s national orders, the highest awards bestowed by a president on its citizens and foreign nationals.

This year’s event, also features the oldest teacher in South Africa and renowned US civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson.

Director-General in the presidency Dr Cassius Lubisi announced the recipients at the Union Buildings in Pretoria today.

President Jacob Zuma will bestow the annual awards on the recipients at a glittering ceremony in Pretoria on Saturday.

Lubisi said Jackson, who has been awarded the order of the companions of OR Tambo in silver, which is reserved for foreign nationals, was chosen for dedicating his life to “challenge societies and governments to recognise that all people are born equal”.

Jackson will be in the country to receive the award at the weekend, said Lubisi.

Others who have made the cut include Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, who will receive the order of Luthuli in gold for her “exceptional” work in the fight for freedom in South Africa.

Olympic gold medallist Chad Le Clos will receive the order of Ikhamanga in silver for his London Olympics triumph last year.

The full list of the recipients is as follows:

The order of Mendi for bravery recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.


Alfred Duma: For his leadership in times of difficulty, and his brave contribution to the rights of workers and liberation of the people of South Africa.

Riot Makhomanisi Mkhwanazi: For his excellent and valiant contribution to the liberation of the people of South Africa.


Cletus Mzimela: 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 recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.


Chad Le Clos: For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of aquatic sports.

Ilse Hayes: For her courageous and relentless pursuit of excellence and incredible physical endurance.

Vusi Mahlasela: For using his talent beyond its entertainment value to draw attention to the injustices that isolated South Africa from the global community during the apartheid years.

Zolani Mkiva: For achieving international recognition in praise poetry and being an outstanding champion of African oral traditions who has done not only South Africa, but the continent as a whole, proud.

Kaizer Motaung: For his achievements as a committed and dedicated footballer and his outstanding contribution to the development of young football talent in the country.

Pretty Yende: For her excellent achievement and international acclaim in the field of world opera and serving as a role model to aspiring young musicians.

The order of the baobab recognises South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.


Suraya “Bibi” Khan: For her selflessness and outstanding contribution to the upliftment of disadvantaged communities in South Africa and abroad and her tireless voluntary work in the community where she lives.

Nontsikelelo Qwelane: For her outstanding contribution to education in South Africa and for being an inspiration and role model to both young and old. At the age of 92 Qwelane has earned the title of the oldest known teacher in South Africa.


Yusuf Abramjee: For his excellent contribution to the field of community development through Lead SA.

David Jacobus Bosch (posthumous): For his selfless struggle for equality in segregated churches and society in general and his dedication to community upliftment. By doing so, he lived the values of non-racialism against the mainstream of his own culture.

Colin Wells Eglin: For serving the country with excellence and for his dedication and courage in standing up for the principles of equality for all South Africans against the unjust laws of the past.

Herbert William Garnet De La Hunt: For his tireless and excellent work in the service of promoting the South African scouts movement locally and abroad and demonstrating the spirit of volunteerism.

Sayed Mohamed Ridwan Mia: For his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and giving hope to victims devastated by burn injuries.

The order of Luthuli recognises South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.


Nomazizi Mtshotshisa (posthumous): For being the embodiment of courageous leadership by women in South Africa, and for her outstanding contribution to the struggle for democracy.


Neville Edward Alexander (posthumous): For his courageous rejection of injustice and his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid in striving to ensure equality for all South Africans.

Amina Desai (posthumous): For her selfless sacrifice, courage and excellent contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle. Desai did not believe in the limitations imposed by apartheid and fought valiantly against oppression.

Michael Alan Harmel (posthumous): For his relentless fight against injustice as part of the national liberation movement and his contribution to equality for all South Africans.

Essop Essak Jassat: For his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and advancing democracy in South Africa, through selfless sacrifice without regard for his own safety and wellbeing.

Arthur Letele (posthumous): For his dedication and excellent work in pursuing the liberation of the people of South Africa and Lesotho above everything, including his own safety.

Mosibudi Mangena: For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and positive contribution to democracy in South Africa through his role in improving education, especially in the critical areas of mathematics and science.

Moosa (Mosie) Moolla: For his dauntless and excellent work in the liberation movement, often at great risk to his life, and for representing the interests of the liberation movement and South Africa in the international community.

Richard Mothupi: For the excellent role he played in pursuing freedom for all South Africans during the liberation struggle and the building of democracy in South Africa.

David Fani Mncube: For his excellent contribution to the struggle for a non-racist, non-sexist, just and democratic South Africa.

Elias Phakane Moretsele (posthumous): For his excellent contribution and dedication to the struggle for freedom in both urban and rural areas and sacrificing his life for a free South Africa.


Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma: For her exceptional life’s work to the cause of freedom for the people of South Africa and the development and consolidation of our democracy in the quest to create a better life for all.

The order of Mapungubwe recognises South Africans who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond.


Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim: For her outstanding work in the field of HIV/Aids and tuberculosis (TB) research; and her role in health policy development that is placing South Africa on the international stage.


Dr Bernie Fanaroff: For his excellent contribution to astronomy and dedication in putting South Africa on the map with the SKA Project. He is a thinker, an academic, a trade unionist and an exceptional public servant.

Professor George Ekama: For his excellent research that has provided innovative solutions to enhancing and improving waste-water treatment. His important work is helping the country to find solutions to water scarcity.

Dr Glenda Gray: For her excellent life-saving research in mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Aids that has changed the lives of people in South Africa and abroad. Her work has not only saved the lives of many children, but also improved the quality of life for many others with HIV and Aids.

Professor Malegapuru William Makgoba: For his dedication and excellent contribution to the field of science and medicine, locally and internationally, and for his contribution to the building of democracy in South Africa. He is an outstanding academic and a pioneer of transformation in higher education.

The order of the companions of OR Tambo recognises eminent foreign nationals and other foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.


Dina Forti: For developing a strong anti-apartheid movement in Italy and assisting liberation organisations in Southern Africa, including the ANC, Frelimo and the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).

Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson: For dedicating his life to challenge societies and governments to recognise that all people are born equal, and that everyone is in equal measure entitled to life, liberty, prosperity and human rights, and for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid.

Enuga Screenivasulu Reddy: For his active support of the South African freedom movement for more than half a century. As head of the UN Centre Against Apartheid for over two decades, he played a key role in promoting international sanctions against South Africa and organising the world campaign to free Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners.

Giuseppe Soncini (posthumous): For his contribution to the liberation movement by forging a pact of solidarity between the town of Reggio Emilia in Italy and the ANC. His town served as a haven to many anti-apartheid activists during the difficult times of oppression.


Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham (posthumous): For his dedication to the liberation of his country, Guyana, as well as the African continent. He established diplomatic relations with many African countries and expressed solidarity with the liberation movement and freedom fighters in South Africa. This solidarity with the leaders of the ANC strengthened relations between Guyana and South Africa.

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