Durban - KwaZulu-Natal’s very own tennis ace and Paralympian, Lucas Sithole, and cultural activist, Lindiwe Mabuza, are to receive silver Orders of Ikhamanga from President Jacob Zuma on Freedom Day on April 27.
National orders are being presented to 54 South African and foreign nationals for outstanding work benefiting the country. This was either through acts of bravery or community service, Chancellor of the National Orders, Cassius Lubisi, said.
Sithole is being awarded for bearing witness to resilience. In 1998 he was involved in a train accident which took both his legs and right arm. He took a positive attitude in life after the accident and excelled in Tennis in the Quad category. He was the first African player to win a Quad Grand Slam last year and qualified for the 2012 London Paralympics.
Mabuza is being awarded for her excellent contribution in mobilising the use of arts and culture of creativity for democracy. She became South Africa’s first black ambassador to Germany after apartheid. The former radio journalist and cultural activist played a significant role in achieving democracy.
This year’s ceremony will be held under the theme: “South Africa, a better place to live in”.
Orders will be presented in bronze, silver, and gold for varying degrees of achievement.
The Order of Mendi for Bravery (bronze), will go to Elizabeth Barrett – for saving 14 children from a burning house and her services to orphans and street children.
Russell Maphanga will be bestowed the Order of Mendi (silver) for fighting for the rights of workers and the liberation of the people of South Africa.
Indres Elatchininatha Naidoo would be honoured for his fight against unjust apartheid laws, and Reggie Vandeyar for striving for a free and democratic South Africa.
The bronze Order of Ikhamanga will be bestowed on Olympic runner Caster Semenya.
Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh will receive the Order in silver, alongside jazz promoter Rashid Lombard, Lindiwe Mabuza, paralympic athlete Fanie van der Merwe, novelist Zakes Mda, Victor Ntoni, Sandra Prinsloo, disabled tennis star Lucas Sithole, and soccer boss and coach Ephraim Jomo Sono.
The Order of the Baobab in bronze will go to Tshepo Khumbane and Abraham September.
The Order in silver will be bestowed on Raymond Ackerman, Chris Ball, Alex Boraine, Katrina Esau, Dawid Kruiper and Frederick van Zyl Slabbert.
The bronze Order of Luthuli will go to Mittah Seperepere, Abdulhay Jassat, Wolfie Kodesh, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Popo Molefe, Zephania Mothopeng, Agnes Msimang, Jeanette Schoon and Zola Skweyiya.
The Order in gold to Frances Baard, David Bopape, Ruth First, Sir Bob Hepple Abdullar Haron and Florence Matomela.
The bronze Order of Mapungubwe will go to Dr Namrita Lall and the silver Order to Professor Ismail Mohamed, Professor Simon Hendrik Schaaf, Professor Barry David Schoub and Dr William Soga.
The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in silver would be bestowed on Lord Richard Attenborough, Professor Gwendolen Margaret Carter, Jeanne Martin Cissé, Jerry David Dammers, Danny Glover, Quincy Jones, Thomas Karis, Lord Neil Kinnock, Alexander Moumbaris, Ruth Neto and Alfre Ette Woodard.
The awards ceremony will be held in the Union Buildings in Pretoria on April 27.
Daily News Reporter and Sapa