Nomzamo Mbatha with a bed of roses named after her. Picture: Rudzani Matshili
Nomzamo Mbatha with a bed of roses named after her. Picture: Rudzani Matshili
Nomzamo Mbatha with a rose named after her. Picture: Rudzani Matshili
Nomzamo Mbatha with a rose named after her. Picture: Rudzani Matshili

Actress, activist, businesswoman and brand ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha was this morning honoured with a rose, named after her for her achievements. 

This happened during an auspicious occasion held at Ludwig’s Rose Farm, north of Pretoria. 

The occasion was also to mark the opening of the 47th Spring Rose Festival.

She received this honour alongside Nobel Laureates, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, after whom roses have also been named.

The event was attended by garners, her fans, bloggers and rose lovers.

The inside area of Ludwig's roses. Video: Rudzani Matshili


Speaking to the Pretoria News, she said she was honoured by the gesture.

“I'm obsessed with roses. 

"It's such an honour, for me it means it's important to have your work honored and it's important for people to see your spirit and soul and want to immortalise that.

"It's surreal, I mean I was crying when I saw that bed of roses like oh my God I'm in full bloom,” she said.

The rose called "Nomzamo" rose, is a South African-bred rose that produces an endless supply of cleanly petalled rosette-shaped blooms with a light fragrance.

The colour is a warm salmon apricot. 

It grows into a sturdy shrub with glossy green leaves that show off the appealing blooms. 

The rose will have pride of place in the massive display that forms the centre of Spring Rose Festival.