Ramaphosa awards 'exceptional' South Africans with National Orders

Ramaphosa awards 'exceptional' South Africans with National Orders

- President Cyril Ramaphosa will be awarded National Orders to South Africans and foreign nationals who have made an impact on the lives of South Africans

- Among the recipients are sportsmen and women, actors and actresses as well a activists

- National Honours is the highest award the country can bestow upon an individual

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will award South Africa's highest honours by bestowing National Honours on South Africans who have performed exceptionally for the country.

Among the recipients are Veteran actress Lillian Dube, former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke and Proteas star Hashim Amla.

National Honours are only bestowed on citizens and foreign nationals who have made a major contribution to improving the lives of South Africans.

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"The National Orders also recognise the contributions made by individuals who contributed to a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in our Constitution," said Chancellor of the National Orders Dr Cassius Lubisi.

Ramaphosa will bestow the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.

The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Amla will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga.

"He has brought pride to our country with his many batting firsts in the international cricket arena and remains one of the leading batsmen of our time," Lubisi said.

Lillian Dube will also be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to the arts.

"Her creative ways of dealing with serious subjects through humour has been healing to the nation," Lubisi explained.

The Order of the Baobab is awarded to citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

Maduke Ndlovu and Violet Seboni will be honoured posthumously with silver awards for their contributions to the development of black commerce and the struggle for the rights of workers.

Maduke Ndlovu would also be awarded the Order of the Baobab for his contribution to recognising the rights of people with disabilities.

The Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have contributed to the country's struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice and peace, and the resolution of conflict.

Former Constitutional Court Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke’s "outstanding contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice in South Africa has made him a deserving beneficiary of The Order of Luthuli," Lubisi said.

Lillian Diedericks will also receive the Order of Luthuli for her "fight for the liberation of women in South Africa".

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Professor Farid Esack will also be awarded the order for his research and his "fight against race, gender and class oppression".

Dora Tamana will receive a gold award of the order for promoting the rights of workers, it will be bestowed posthumously.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is an award reserved for foreign nationals who have demonstrated a friendship for South Africa.

The award will be bestowed in gold to the former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, former president of Botswana Sir Quett Ketumile Joni Masire, former Namibian president Dr Samuel Nujoma and former Liberian president Ellen Sirleaf, who have all worked tirelessly to ensure that South Africans are liberated from oppression."

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