President Zuma appoints new members of the National Orders Advisory Council

OCTOBER 13, 2014

President Jacob Zuma announced the appointment of new members of the National Orders Advisory Council on Sunday.

National Orders are the highest awards that South Africa, through the President, bestows on citizens and eminent foreign nationals. The Advisory Council on National Orders processes nominations of deserving South Africans and foreign nationals and advises the President to assist him in the execution of this important responsibility.

South Africa currently bestows the following National Orders on distinguished persons;

1. The Order of Mendi for Bravery

2. The Order of Ikhamanga

3. The Order of Luthuli

4. The Order of Mapungubwe

5. The Order of the Baobab

6. The Order of the Companions of O R Tambo

The new members of Advisory Council are as follows:

1. Ms Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, who will serve as Chairperson. Ms Mabandla has served the country as Minister of Public Enterprises, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Minister of Housing and Deputy Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology.  She is currently a consultant on public policy. 

2. Mr Mandla Langa, who has been appointed as Deputy Chairperson, is a veteran of the struggle for liberation, a celebrated poet, short story writer and novelist and a businessman. He is also an esteemed member of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

3. Mr James Motlatsi, a veteran trade unionist and executive chairman of Teba Limited. He has been associated with the South African mining industry since 1970 and is a founding president of the National Union of Mineworkers.

4. Ms Sally Padayachie is a pharmacist, businesswoman and community worker.

5. Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, is the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Johannesburg, who is a highly regarded veteran of the struggle for freedom, justice and human rights. He is the co-chairperson of the National Interfaith Council of South Africa and a former president of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.

6. Dr Glenda Gray, is a highly respected Research Professor and co- founder of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit at the University of Witwatersrand, who is based at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. She is internationally recognised for her research in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, HIV vaccines, HIV among adolescents, HIV prevention, assessing sexual and other risk factors in HIV acquisition, fertility and reproduction in women in the context of HIV epidemics, and recently also microbicide. She is also an esteemed member of the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver.

7. Mr Molefi Oliphant, is the honorary life president of the South African Football Association.  He has held various positions in local and international football structures. He is also an esteemed member of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

8. Ms Lindiwe Mabuza, is South Africa’s former ambassador to Germany and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Malaysia and the Phillipines. She is a veteran of the struggle and is also a former radio journalist, an editor and much-published poet and short story writer. She is an esteemed member of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

9. Prof Malegapuru Makgoba, one of the country’s foremost intellectuals and scientists, a respected immunologist, physician, public health advocate and former vice-chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is an esteemed member of the Order of Mapungubwe in Silver.

10. Mary Burton, a social activist and veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle with a long time involvement in the Black Sash and former member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). She is an esteemed member of the Order of Luthuli in Silver.

11. Dr Fazel Randera, is a former Truth and Reconciliation commissioner who has also served as the Intelligence Inspector-General and later as a South African Chamber of Mines Health Inspector.

12. Ms Peki Emelia “Nothembi” Mkhwebane, one of the country’s respected traditional music composers and performers, who is renowned for her isiNdebele music songs. She is an esteemed member of the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

President Zuma extends his gratitude to the outgoing members of the National Orders Advisory Council led by the chairperson Dr Yvonne Muthien.

“The outgoing Council has served the country exceptionally well over many years. We thank them wholeheartedly for this national service. We welcome Ms Mabandla and the new team and look forward to working with them as we celebrate excellence, selflessness and the promotion of a common nationhood’’, said President Zuma.

Photo caption: President Jacob Zuma has announced the appointment of new members of the National Orders Advisory Council on Sunday.