2018 National Orders: Decide Those Zuma Should Honour


The Presidency has again called on members of the public to nominate individuals from all walks of life who deserve to receive the 2018 National Orders.

From what we learnt the 2018 National Orders award investiture ceremony will take place in April.

While South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed to the achievement of a free, united, non-racial, democratic, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa in various ways will be honoured in the event, citizens who have made sacrifices for the country and those who have excelled in various fields will as well be celebrated.

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According to the Presidency, the essence of the ceremony is to contribute towards unity, reconciliation and nation building.

The Presidency also related that there are six orders that are bestowed to deserving recipients. They are as highlighted below:

1. The Order of Mendi

This will recognize and honour South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery.

2. The Order of Ikhamanga

Here, South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport will be honoured.

3. The Order of the Baobab

The Order of the Baobab is designed to recognise South African citizens who made meaningful contributed to community service, business and economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

4. The Order of Luthuli

This is for South African citizens who added value to the struggle for democracy, nation-building, building democracy and human rights, justice, peace and the resolution of conflict.

5.The Order of Mapungubwe

Under this category, South Africans who attained exceptional achievement to the benefit of the country and beyond will be honoured.

6. The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo

This is an Order of peace, cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support. It was designed to recognise and honour eminent foreign nationals for the friendship they’ve shown to South Africa.

Normally, the selection process for the awards is processed and administered by the National Orders Advisory Council appointed by the President of the country.

In this case the members of the Advisory Council are: Ms Brigitte Mabandla (Chairperson), Mr Mandla Langa (Deputy Chairperson) Dr Glenda Gray, Dr Molefi Oliphant, Dr Lindiwe Mabuza, Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, Mrs Sally Padayachie, Rev. Buti Tlhagale, Mr James Motlatsi, Dr Fazel Randera, and Ms Nothembi Mkhwebane.

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The nomination forms are available on The Presidency website and, Members of the public are required to attach a short motivation for the person nominated.

Self-nomination or the nomination of public servants is not permissible. And, the 2018 National Orders nominations will close on 31 August 2017.