2017 National Orders Awards: Zuma To Bestow Honours On These Outstanding Recipients – Full List

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The 2017 National Orders Awards will be bestowed on deserving individuals by the Grand Patron, President Jacob Zuma, later this month.

According to the Presidency, Zuma will on Friday, 28 April 2017, bestow the 2017 National Orders Awards on distinguished local citizens and outstanding foreign nationals. The recipients must have played a remarkable role towards building a free democratic South Africa.

In addition, they must have used their various fields to impact positively on the lives of South African citizens.

The orders are undoubtedly the highest awards bestowed by the South African government. The awards to be bestowed during the ceremony include – the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Mapungubwe, the Order of Luthuli, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.

The ceremony to bestow the 2017 National Orders Awards on recipients will take place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.

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These individuals will be honored in the 2017 national Orders Awards;

The Order of Ikhamanga: This recognizes South African citizens who have done well in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

The recipients include;

In Gold:

Mr. Wayde van Niekerk – For his record-breaking performance in the sporting field of track running.

In Silver:

Mr. Matthew Brittain – For his excellent performance in the field of water sport and bringing home the gold for South Africa in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr. Khaba Mkhize (Posthumous) – For using his field of journalism to impact on the liberation struggle.

Mr. Sizwe Laurence Ndlovu – For his excellent contribution to the field of water sport and also winning gold for in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr. Zinjiva Winston Nkondo (Posthumous) – For his outstanding contribution to the liberation struggle through the creative use of his art as an orator and poet to minister to the conscience of the apartheid government.

Mr. John Smith – For his excellent contribution to the field of water sport and also winning gold for South Africa in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Mr. James Thompson – For his excellent contribution to the field of water sport and winning gold for South Africa in the 2012 Olympic Games.

Prof Jeff Opland – For his excellent contribution to the field of history and his impressive works in literature.

In Bronze:

Mr. Arthur Nuthall Fula (Posthumous) – For his contribution to the field of literature.

The Order of the Baobab: This recognizes South African citizens who have contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

The recipients include;

In Silver:

Mr. Milner Langa Kabane (Posthumous) – For his excellent contribution to the field of education and the upliftment of the black community during the struggle for liberation.

Ms. Getrude Ntlabathi (Posthumous) – For her contribution to the empowerment of women through education.

In Bronze:



Ms. Pfarelo Rebecca Ramugondo – For her outstanding contribution to community service and upliftment.

Prof Olive Shisana: For her outstanding contribution to the field of science and community service, especially her efforts in fighting HIV & Aids.

The Order of Mapungubwe: This recognizes South African citizens for achievements that have international recognition and served the interests of the Republic of South Africa.

The recipients include;

In Silver:

Prof Fulufhelo Nelwamondo – For his excellent contribution to the field of science, especially electrical engineering.

Mr. Siyabulela Lethuxolo Xuza – For his determination and hard work in scientific innovation at an early stage.

The Order of the Companions of Or Tambo: This recognizes eminent foreign nationals for friendship and support shown to South Africa.

The recipients include;

In Gold:

His Excellency Kay Rala Xanana Gusmao: For his exceptional contribution to the promotion of peace and resistance to social injustices.

In Silver:

Mr. Maurice Bogatsu (Posthumous) – For his excellent contribution to the fight for liberation.

Ms. Euzhan Palcy – For her excellent contribution to the liberation struggle through an international film that exposed South African social injustices, strengthening the revolution against apartheid.

The Order of Luthuli: This recognizes South African citizens who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, human rights, justice, and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.

The recipients include;

In Silver:

Ms. Miltha Mary “Mamou’’ Calata (Posthumous) – For her excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid and poverty alleviation.

Mr. David Mbulelo “Spi” Grootboom (Posthumous) – For his excellent contribution to the fight for liberation and dignity for the people of South Africa.

Prof Fatima Meer (Posthumous) – For her excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation.

Mr. Collen Monde Mkunqwana (Posthumous) – For his contribution to the struggle for the liberation of the people of South Africa.

Ms. Zodwa Mofokeng (Posthumous): For her relentless fight against government’s oppression in South Africa.

“The 22 ANC Political Trialists of 1969” – For their brave and courageous fight against apartheid.

Mr. Reginald “Reggie” Oliphant (Posthumous) – For his contribution to the fight against social injustices meted out against black people in South Africa.

Mr. Neville Rubin – For his contribution to the fight for the rights of workers through involvement in workers’ unions.

Mr. Zweli Lucas Sizani (Posthumous) – For his excellent contribution to the liberation movement and struggle for democracy.

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