CELEBRATING DISTINGUISHED SOUTH AFRICANS & EMINENT FOREIGN NATIONALS AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE NATIONAL ORDERS AWARDS 2021

Photo:President Cyril Ramaphosa with recipients of the National Orders Credit:
Siyabulela Duda/GCIS

19 November 2021

“National Orders are the highest awards that our country bestows on its
citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the
advancement of democracy and have made a significant impact on improving
the lives of South Africans.
“The National Orders recognise the contributions made by individuals
towards building a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous
South Africa as envisaged in our Constitution.”

In his his remarks President Cyril Ramaphosa said two years have passed
since the last held a Presentation of National Orders. Since we last
gathered here for this noble purpose, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused
great devastation in our country and across the world. It has cost many
lives, threatened many livelihoods, and disrupted almost every part of
our lives.
While we acknowledge that the pandemic is still very much with us, we
also recognise the important duty we have to honour those among us who
have made outstanding contributions towards the betterment of our
country and of the human condition.

Through these national orders we recognise many outstanding individuals
who defied great odds and made immense sacrifices not only for us to
attain freedom, but so that such freedom is meaningful. The outstanding
individuals that we honour here today are, in different ways, champions
of freedom, peace, human rights, social justice and equality. Regardless
of the sphere of life in which they applied themselves, the recipients
of the awards today have honoured and upheld the values which combined
represent the highest ideals of humanity.

We are conferring today the Order of Mendi for Bravery.
Awards of this Order are made to South Africans who have performed acts
of bravery, often putting their lives in great danger or losing their
lives in their efforts to save others. The awards are made to people
who, in the most exceptional manner possible, have placed the lives of
their fellow men and women above any risk that they themselves faced.

We are also conferring the Order of Ikhamanga, which is awarded to South
Africans who have excelled in the field of arts, culture, literature,
music, journalism and sport. We confer it on some of our country’s most
dedicated and outstanding athletes, to musicians whose brought us
comfort and hope during the darkest days of apartheid. We confer it on
the artists who make our democracy enjoyable and who remain the
conscience of the nation, reminding us through their works to fulfil,
and not betray, the promise of freedom. These are the people who use
their tremendous talent not only to entertain, provoke and inspire, but
to strive for a better, more just and humane society. We honour the
writers who have chronicled both the suffering of our people and their
remarkable triumphs, their fears and their hopes, their everyday cares
and their timeless desires.

The Order of the Baobab is awarded to South African citizens for
distinguished service in the fields of business and the economy,
science, medicine, and for technological innovation and community
service. These people – some of whom are unfortunately no longer with us
– are pioneers who laid the path along which others would follow. We
honour those who worked from the ashes of apartheid to build a new
society in which the economy is truly inclusive and the country’s wealth
is shared among all its people. These are people who challenge
prejudice, who fight for people living with disabilities and for all
those who are marginalised because of nothing other than the
circumstances of their birth. These are people who use their knowledge
and their capabilities, their ideas and their energy to forge a South
Africa defined by solidarity, community and progress.

The Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have served the
interests of South Africa by making a meaningful contribution in the
struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice, peace
and conflict resolution. They are the peacemakers, who walk into battle
armed only with the conviction that there is no dispute too great or
complex that it cannot be resolved peacefully through dialogue. They are
the jurists who believe in transformative constitutionalism.
They see the purpose of law to be the pursuit of justice in the
interests of the dispossessed, the injured, the wronged and the
vulnerable. They are the women and men who confront oppression and
exploitation wherever they manifest. They are the people who organised
pickets and strikes, marches and meetings, vigils and prayers.They
organised underground, they took up arms, they went out to the corners
of the globe to argue the case for the struggling masses of South
Africa.

For their efforts, they were restricted, banned, detained, banished,
tortured, jailed, exiled and murdered.
And yet, they stood firm, knowing that the guns would fall silent, the
jail doors would swing open and the sound of freedom would ring across
the land. The achievement of our freedom owes much to the devout support
of the international community.

Many countries offered solidarity and opened their arms to our
activists. Many people in our neighbouring countries lost life and limb
for our cause. It is for this reason that among us are the recipients of
the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, which is awarded to eminent
foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.

We honour these remarkable human beings who stood alongside our people,
at home and in exile, who provided material and other assistance to our
students, activists and combatants. In doing so, we express our sincere
and eternal gratitude to them for joining a struggle that was not
theirs, in a land far from their own, and for giving so much, for so
long, to so many.

This is a roll call of heroes and heroines, of people who have been
prepared to devote their talent, their energy, their lives to the
affirmation and the advancement of others. By the power vested in me in
terms of Section 84 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,
I now confer the Order of the Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga,
the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, and the Order of the
Companions of OR Tambo to the distinguished persons indicated. And they
shall henceforth be honoured as esteemed Members of the Orders.

President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed on deserving recipients the Order of
Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the
Order of Luthuli and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo as follows:

THE ORDER OF MENDI for Bravery recognises South African citizens who
have performed acts of bravery.
The Order in Gold was bestowed on:

Mr Gcinisizwe Khwezi Sylvester Kondile (Posthumous): For his ultimate
sacrifice to the liberation of South Africa. He endured unspeakable
torture and cruelty, refusing to betray his comrades right to the
victorious end of his life.

Rev Isaac William Dyobha Wauchope (Posthumous): For providing morale
through poignant words and support in the darkest hour of soldiers who
died in the sinking of the SS Mendi. His words and courage are his
iconic legacy that lives on.

The Order in Silver was bestowed on:
Mr Chand Basson (Posthumous): For his ultimate sacrifice of saving lives
from certain death and taking a stray bullet shielding a stranger from a gang.

Mr Roydon Olckers (Posthumous): For courageously saving the lives of two
learners and sacrificing his own.

THE ORDER OF IKHAMANGA recognises South African citizens who have
excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism
and sport.

The Order in Gold was bestowed on:

Dr Raymond Louw (Posthumous): For his enormous contribution to the field
of journalism, and using the pen as his weapon to expose lies and shine
the light on the atrocities of apartheid.

Dr David Maphalla: For his tireless contribution to the Sesotho
language‘s body of literary works and cultural storytelling.

Prof Sibusiso Cyril Nyembezi (Posthumous): For his renowned contribution
to the scholarship and lexicon of isiZulu language. His skillful turn of
phrase in storytelling poses a towering challenge to many who try to
translate his works.

Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala (Posthumous): For his exceptional
contribution to the promotion of African Isicathamiya music which
showcased in world stages, and brought honour and unity to South Africa.

The Order in Silver was bestowed on:

Ms Fee Halsted-Berning: For her contribution to visual art and generous
transferring of skills to others.

Ms Rebecca Malope: For her distinguished contribution to South African
music; her unique voice brings joy and comfort to many through
meaningful gospel music.

Photo: Dr. Rebecca Malope, one of the recipient of The Order of Ikhamanga in Silver

Speaking to Dr. Rebecca Malope ” I am excited and grateful to be recognized” This is a big day for me to be recognized by the First citizen and South Africa said Dr. Rebecca Malope

Mr Arthur Mayisela (Posthumous): For his skilful and entertaining boxing
acumen. He delighted many and left a mark as the ‘Fighting Prince’.

THE ORDER OF THE BAOBAB recognises South African citizens who have
contributed to community service, business and economy, science,
medicine and technological innovation.

The Order in Gold was bestowed on:

Justice Edwin Cameron: For his contribution to the judicial system and
tireless campaigning against the stigma of HIV and AIDS, and the rights
of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual
(LGBTQIA+) communities.

The Order in Silver was bestowed on:

Professor Lynette Denny: For her contribution to the field of
obstetrics, an age-old honourable tradition of ushering new life into
earth and ensuring the safety of both mother and child.

Mr David Ingpen: For his contribution to the education of young people
about maritime life, leading to many recognising him as the ‘father’ of
secondary school-based maritime education in South Africa.

Ms Nolwandle Mboweni: For her contribution to education and business
through which she strives continuously to uplift communities.

The Order in Bronze was bestowed on:

Dr Hlamalani Judith Ngwenya: For her contribution to the
capacity-building, sustainable agriculture and the empowerment of
communities.

President Cyril Ramaphosa bestows the Order of BAOBAB in Bronze to Dr Hlamalani Judith Ngwenya for her contribution to the capacity Building sustainable agriculture and empowerment of communities.

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.

The Order in Gold was bestowed on:

Mr Thomas Manthata (Posthumous): For his active participation in human
rights matters, ranging from the rights of the elderly and land issues
to traditional leadership.

Ms Bertha Mkhize (Posthumous): For her brave contribution to the
liberation of South Africa. In addition to her legendary activism, she
also participated in the 1925 Defiance Campaign.

The Order in Silver was bestowed on:

Dr Abubaker Asvat (Posthumous): For his enormous contribution in to the
lives of freedom fighters and the poor by generously providing medical
care, which was desperately needed. He was ‘The People’s Doctor’.

Ms Audrey Coleman: For her contribution to the fight for liberation and
the promotion of human rights through active involvement in lobbying
using both civic organisations and later government institutions.

Mr Max Coleman: For his contribution to the fight for liberation and
promotion of human rights through active involvement in lobbying
utilising both civic organisations and government institutions.

Mr Zazi Kuzwayo (Posthumous): For his contribution to the development of
black business and the fight against apartheid.

Ms Cikizwa Constance Maqungu: For her brave stand against injustice; she
withstood torture and refused to turn state witness.

Ms Nikiwe Debs Matshoba (Posthumous): For her courageous contribution to
the liberation struggle during repressive times that could lead to
torture, imprisonment or death.

Ms Hilda Mally Mokoena: For her contribution to the fight for the
liberation of South Africa.

Ms Laura Mphahlwa (Posthumous): For her contribution to the liberation
movement, black business development and the nursing profession.

THE ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBO recognises eminent foreign
nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore an Order
of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.

The order in Silver was bestowed on:

Mr Anthony Dykes (United Kingdom): For his lifelong commitment to the development of South and Southern Africa. Initially this solidarity work was against and overcoming apartheid.


Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa bestows the Order of the Companions of OR TAMBO in Silver to Mr Anthony Dykes from the United Kingdom for his life long commitment to the development of South and Southern Africa.

Since 1994, Dykes has been active in support of peace and development in South Africa and the region. He put solidarity into action and also ensured that such work is driven by the views of the people of Southern Africa.

Dr. Gail Gerhart (United States of America): For her enormous
contribution to the struggle for liberation with her writing and keeping
records of the heroic acts of freedom fighters.

Mr Juergen Leihos (Germany): For his commitment and determination to be
on the side of the oppressed and fighting for their cause as an
anti-apartheid activist.

Ms Malin Sellman (Sweden): For using the arts to raise awareness of human rights violations during the repressive period in South Africa.
She continues to be an active friend of South Africa and its artists.

Photo: President Cyril Ramaphosa bestows the Order of the Companions of OR TAMBO in Silver to Ms Malin Sellman from Sweden for using the arts to raise awareness of human rights violations during the days of Segregation

I wish to congratulate and salute all the recipients who are to be
honoured today said Ramaphosa.

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