Media Statement by the Chancellor of the National Orders, Director-General in The Presidency, Dr Cassius Lubisi
Ladies andGentlemen of the Media
On the 27thof April 2011, President Jacob Zuma will bestow National Orders of the Order ofMendi for Bravery, Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order ofLuthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.
The NationalOrders are the highest awards bestowed by the President of the Republic ofSouth Africa upon citizens and members of the international community who havecontributed meaningfully in making our country what it is today.
As aninitiative that was implemented at the dawn of the first decade of freedom,this constitutional imperative also contributes towards the symbolic buildingand consolidation of our new democracy.
The NationalOrders are awarded to deserving citizens and eminent foreign nationals. ThePresident as the fount of honour in the country bestows these Orders andDecorations and is assisted by the Director-General in The Presidency, who isthe Chancellor of National Orders and an Advisory Council on National Orders,in the execution of this responsibility.
The NationalOrders seek to enhance social cohesion. They serve to foster the spirit ofunity, nation building and social cohesion within our society, as they honourthose outstanding individuals from all the walks of life in our society,regardless of their class, race, gender or background. They celebrate thespirit of one nation, many cultures as reflected by the diversity of ourpeople.
TheCabinet and the Presidency decided that these National Orders will from nowonwards take place on Freedom Day, 27 April, as a way of also of commemoratingthe first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994.
At this 16thinvestiture ceremony, our country honours men and women for exceptional andoutstanding contributions, many of whom are simply legends and others icons ofselfless sacrifice and service, courage and commitment. These people of deephumanity and principle, truth and talent, rank among the finest of humanbeings, who unquestionably deserve acknowledgment.
The Presidentwill also award men and women whose dedication to their fellow human beings,their esoteric interests, their art and sport have embellished our society,their community and fellow compatriots, with honour and credit. They are menand women who have nourished our souls with the beauty of art, splendour ofperformance and the grace of sport as well as ground breaking advances inscience, medicine and many other fields.
We are reallyhumbled that they and their families have offered us the opportunity to acceptthem into our National Orders of Mendi for Bravery, Ikhamanga, the Baobab, theOrder of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of ORTambo.
Herewith then,the list of National Orders Nominees:
1. ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERY
Donald Thumamina Mboto (Posthumous)
For a selflessact that led him to lose his life while trying to save a drowning child in St.Michaels beach in KwaZulu-Natal
Raymond Basil van Staden (Posthumous)
For hisselfless act that led to the saving of a person from drowning at Warner Beachin Durban
Sarah Gertrude Mary Christina Holland (Posthumous)
For providingshelter to orphaned children and sacrificing her own life to save the lives ofthe children who were in her care
Matola Raid Martyrs
For paying thesupreme price for freedom and for sacrificing their lives in pursuit of a just,free, non-racial and non sexist democratic society
2. ORDER OF IKHAMANGA
Thokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene (Posthumous)
For hisoutstanding contribution in enriching the isiZulu language and culture, and hisrevolutionary invention of new lexicon in isiZulu
Masana Samuel “Sam” Nzima
For hisexcellent contribution in photo journalism and putting the brutality ofapartheid police in the international spotlight
For heroutstanding achievements in literature, playwright and for using her pen asweapon in the struggle for peace, social change and freedom
For hisexcellent contribution in the portrayal of South African life through themedium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our country’sinclusive literary culture
For hisexcellent achievement during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and hiscontribution in the field of athletics
Basil “Doc” Bikitsha (Posthumous)
For hisexcellent contribution to the profession of journalism and literature, and forbeing an important social commentator in his chosen beat
Raymond Chikapa Phiri
For hisexcellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggleagainst apartheid
Marlene van Niekerk
For heroutstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture fieldthrough poetry, literature and philosophical works
For hisexcellent skills in theatre lighting design, administration, practical andtechnical contribution to theatre in South Africa and the field of arts
Busisiwe Victoria “Busi” Mhlongo (Posthumous)
For herexcellent contribution to the field of music and putting South Africa on theinternational music map with her prolific musical composition
Amandla Cultural Ensemble
For theircontribution to the struggle against apartheid through their culturalperformances
Molefi Nathanael Oliphant
Forhis excellent contribution in the development of soccer in South Africa andexcellent leadership in the successful bid and hosting of the 2010 FIFA WorldCup
For hisexcellent contribution and dedication in helping South Africa obtain the rightto host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for ensuring that the tournament becomes asuccess as chairperson of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee
Daniel “Danny” Jordaan
For hisexcellent contribution and hard work ensuring that South Africa host asuccessful 2010 FIFA World Cup
3. ORDER OF BAOBAB
Reginald Dudley Forde
For hisoutstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution to thecommunity service through the channels of the education system and the BoyScout Movement of South Africa
Nowongile Cynthia Molo
For heroutstanding contribution to the development of women through the “Women inAgriculture and Rural Development” (WAARD), a self-empowerment initiativethat changed the lives of many families
Professor William Sinclair Winship
For hisexcellent contribution to the field of medicine and dedication of his adultlife to paediatrics and human genetics
David Patrick Russell
For hisexcellent contribution and commitment in opposing the apartheid system as achurch leader and for taking a brave stand on many thorny issues to ensure thatSouth Africa became a democratic society
Rev. Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba (Posthumous)
For hisexceptional contribution and pioneering spirit in the formation of the AfricanIndependent Churches and his instrumental role in the development of a newunderstanding of Christianity among the African believers.
4. ORDER OF LUTHULI
Harriet Bolton (Posthumous)
For dedicatingher adult life to the struggle for liberation, campaigning for workers’ rights and for organising the Furniture Workers' Industrial Union and theGarment Workers' Industrial Union
Margaret Gazo (Posthumous)
For leadingthe women’s march to the Union Buildings and for her outstanding leadership andcommitment to the ideals of democracy and her contribution to human rights andthe struggle against apartheid
Violet Sarah Matlou (nee Phiri)
For heroutstanding contribution to the struggle for liberation and for the ideals ofjust, non-racist and democratic South Africa
Tsietsi Mashinini (Posthumous)
For hisbravery and leadership of the Soweto students uprising of June 16, 1976
For hisexcellent contribution in the struggle against apartheid and for his selflesssacrifices over many for attainment of freedom for all in South Africa
Ismael Chota Meer (Posthumous)
For hisexcellent contribution to a non racial and democratic South Africa, strugglefor liberation, workers rights and for the formation of Natal Teachers Union
Matsobane Morris Matsemela
For hisexcellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and standing for theideals of a free, just and democratic South Africa
Florence Elizabeth Mnumzana (nee Mhinga)
For herexcellent leadership and activism in the health care sector as a contributionin the fight against apartheid
Lionel “Rusty” Bernstein (Posthumous)
For hispolitical activism, abandoning privilege and dedicating his adult life to thestruggle for liberation, democracy, human rights and peace, and for striving tobuild a better Africa and a better world through the anti-apartheid crusade
5. ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE
Professor Pieter Steyn
For hisexcellent contribution and achievements in chemistry and biosynthesis ofmycotoxins
6. ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBO
For herexcellent contribution to the struggle for liberation, democracy and humanrights, and for waging a concerted struggle against racial oppression as an ANCactivist and operative in South Africa, including engagement in undergroundwork
Viacheslav Shiryaev “Ivan”
For hisexcellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and attainment of ademocratic, non-racial and a non-sexist South Africa, and promoting friendshipties, joint cooperation programmes and projects between Russia and postapartheid South Africa
Andrew Jackson Young
For hiscontribution to the struggle against oppression in South Africa, striving forbetter and fairer global social order and championing the cause of human rightsin the international arena
Luis InácioLula da Silva
For hisoutstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and forthe creation of a just and equitable system of global governance.
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