National Orders Ceremony
President Thabo Mbeki, as the
Patron of the National Orders, will bestow National Orders on outstanding South
African citizens at a prestigious event to be held on 27 September 2006, at the
Union Buildings in Tshwane, from 10h00.
The event will honour and recognise
South Africans who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievement to
the benefit of the country and through their acts gave expression to government's
commitment to improve the lives of South Africans in this "Age of Hope".
This will be the eighth ceremony whereby 28 recipients will be conferred the country's
highest awards. Amongst those who will be honoured on Wednesday, 27 September
2006, are Don Mattera, Can Themba, Andre Brink, Ryk Neethling, Roland Schoeman,
Alan Paton and Tiyo Soga. These outstanding South Africans will receive the Order
The orders to be awarded on the day are the following:
of Mapungubwe - awarded to South African citizens for achievements that have impacted
internationally and served the interest of the Republic of South Africa.
of Ikhamanga - awarded to citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts and
culture, literature, journalism and sport.
- Mendi Decoration for Bravery
- awarded to South Africans who have performed acts of bravery, who in the process,
would have lost their lives or may have placed their lives in great danger in
their efforts to save others.
The event will be attended by Chancellor
of the National Orders, Reverend Frank Chikane, members of the Advisory Council
on National Orders, recipients and family members as well several Cabinet Ministers.
NB: Members of the media are requested to submit their names and identity
numbers (ID) numbers for accreditation purposes by Friday, 22 September 2006.
Tel: (012) 300 5447
082 467 8579
Tel: (012) 314 23121
Cell: 072 710
Issued by: The Presidency and Government Communications (GCIS)