Point of View: Kaya News reporter Katleho Sekhotho on National Orders highlights

Kaya 959 Reporter

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently bestowed the National Order awards on distinguished citizens and foreign nationals who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.

Kaya News reporter Katleho Sekhotho who attended the prestigious event joined Phemelo Motene to share some of the significant recipients of the awards on Point of View.

Also Read: Point of View: Dr. Rebecca Malope to be honoured with the order of Ikhamanga in silver


The Order of Ikhamanga which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Ramaphosa spoke about how Dr. Rebecca Malope and her music brought comfort joy to many South Africans.

Sekhotho spoke to Malope briefly after she got her award.

“I am feeling like I am on top of the world” Malope said,

“I feel like am I am still in my dreams, like I am going to wake up or something. I think after everything and all the work that I have done for the country, I’ve been celebrated all through out the continent and other countries.

“I was waiting for his one, this is was the one I was waiting for. I knew it in my mind that one day it would come. I didn’t know that it would come while I was still alive. I really appreciate this South Africa has shown me that they really appreciate me, and love my work.

“Thanks to the President as well, for acknowledging our work and seeing that we are really trying to work hard and change people’s lives.”

Also Read: National Orders 2019 Honourees

Other recipients included.

•Dr Raymond Louw 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.

•The order was be bestowed posthumously on Prof Sibusiso Cyril Nyembezi for his renowned contribution to the scholarship and lexicon of the IsiZulu language.

•Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala (posthumous) was bestowed for his exceptional contribution to the promotion of African Isicathamiya music, which showcased on world stages, and brought honour and unity to South Africa.

Order of BAOBAB

Nolwandle Mboweni was recognised for her work in education and business. Mboweni launched Proverbs 31 Mentorship, a programme meant to mentor young and old women on how to start new businesses as well as to balance family and career/business.

Mboweni remembered what her father once said to her.

“My parents had set the trend, I had no alternative. One of the things my late father once said is, it’s very important to produce more black pilots, it’s very expensive, he once said to me… ‘Even when I am gone my child, sponsor and produce more black pilots”

The Order of Mendi for Bravery

This order, which recognises South African citizens who have performed acts of bravery, was bestowed in Gold on Gcinisizwe Khwezi Sylvester Kondile (posthumous), for his ultimate sacrifice to the liberation of South Africa.

Rev Isaac William Dyobha Wauchope (posthumous) received the order 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 was bestowed in Silver on Chand Basson (posthumous) for his ultimate sacrifice of saving lives from certain death and taking a stray bullet shielding a stranger from a gang, and Roydon Olckers (posthumous) for courageously saving the lives of two learners and sacrificing his own.

The Order was bestowed in Silver on Fee Halsted-Berning for her contribution to visual art and generous transferring of skills to others.

Order of Companion of O.R Tambo

Order of the Companions of OR Tambo – recognises eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.

It is therefore an Order of peace, co-operation and active expression of solidarity and support.

The Order in Silver bestowed on:

•Anthony Dykes (UK) for his lifelong commitment to the development of South and Southern Africa.

•Dr Gail Gerhart (US) for her enormous contribution to the struggle for liberation with her writing and keeping records of the heroic acts of freedom fighters.

•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.

•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.

Order of the Luthuli

The Order bestowed in Silver on:

•Dr Abu Baker 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”.

•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.

•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

•Zazi Kuzwayo (posthumous) for his contribution to the development of black business and the fight against apartheid.

•Cikizwa Constance Maqungu for her brave stand against injustice; she withstood torture and refused to turn state witness.

•Nikiwe Debs Matshoba (posthumous) for her courageous contribution to the liberation struggle during repressive times that could lead to torture, imprisonment or death.

•Hilda Mally Mokoena for her contribution to the fight for the liberation of South Africa.

•Laura Mphahlwa (posthumous) for her contribution to the liberation movement, black business development and the nursing profession.

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