President Jacob Zuma will once againbestow National Orders on South Africanand foreign nationals on Freedom Day,27 April 2011.(Image: GCIS) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanele MngadiMedia inquiries, President Jacob Zuma +27 82 330 1148 or +27 12 300 5431 RELATED ARTICLES • Blatter awarded National Orders • Presidency talks to children • Fifa awards Tutu’s football spirit • Zuma hotline goes liveSource: the PresidencyOn 27 April, Freedom Day, President Jacob Zuma bestowed National Orders on a number of worthy South Africans and citizens of foreign countries. The Presidency released the list of recipients for 2011 on 21 April.Zuma will confer the six categories – each one representing a specific service offered to the country – of the Order of Mendi for Bravery, Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.The National Orders are the highest awards bestowed by the president of the Republic of South Africa upon those who have contributed meaningfully in making the country what it is today.As an initiative that was implemented at the dawn of South Africa’s first decade of freedom, the National Orders programme contributes to the symbolic building and consolidation of the country’s new democracy.In the execution of this responsibility, the president is assisted by the director-general in the Presidency, who is also the chancellor of National Orders and an advisory council.The National Orders seek to enhance social cohesion. They serve to foster the spirit of unity, nation building and social cohesion within South African society, as they honour those outstanding individuals from all walks of life. They celebrate the spirit of one nation, many cultures as reflected by the diversity of the Rainbow Nation.At this, the 16th investiture ceremony, South Africa will honour men and women for exceptional and outstanding contributions, many of whom are simply legends and others icons of selfless sacrifice and service, courage and commitment. These people of deep humanity and principle, truth and talent, rank among the finest of human beings, who unquestionably deserve acknowledgement.The president will also award men and women whose dedication to their fellow human beings, their esoteric interests, their art and sport have embellished society, communities and citizens with honour and credit. They are men and women who have nourished South African souls with the beauty of art, splendour of performance and the grace of sport as well as groundbreaking advances in science, medicine and many other fields.Herewith then, the list of National Orders Nominees:1. ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERYBRONZE Donald Thumamina Mboto (Posthumous)For a selfless act that led him to lose his life while trying to save a drowning child in St. Michaels beach in KwaZulu-NatalRaymond Basil van Staden (Posthumous)For his selfless act that led to the saving of a person from drowning at Warner Beach in DurbanSILVERSarah Gertrude Mary Christina Holland (Posthumous)For providing shelter to orphaned children and sacrificing her own life to save the lives of the children who were in her careGOLDMatola Raid MartyrsFor paying the supreme price for freedom and for sacrificing their lives in pursuit of a just, free, non-racial and non sexist democratic society2. ORDER OF IKHAMANGABRONZEThokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene (Posthumous)For his outstanding contribution in enriching the isiZulu language and culture, and his revolutionary invention of new lexicon in isiZuluMasana Samuel “Sam” NzimaFor his excellent contribution to photojournalism and putting the brutality of apartheid police in the international spotlightSindiwe MagonaFor her outstanding achievements in literature, playwright and for using her pen as weapon in the struggle for peace, social change and freedomSILVERDavid GoldblattFor his excellent contribution in the portrayal of South African life through the medium of photography and for leaving an indelible mark in our country’s inclusive literary cultureJosiah ThugwaneFor his excellent achievement during the Atlanta Olympic Games in 1996 and his contribution in the field of athleticsBasil “Doc” Bikitsha (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to the profession of journalism and literature, and for being an important social commentator in his chosen beatRaymond Chikapa PhiriFor his excellent achievement in the field of music and contribution to the struggle against apartheidMarlene van NiekerkFor her outstanding intellectual contribution to literary arts and culture field through poetry, literature and philosophical worksMannie ManimFor his excellent skills in theatre lighting design, administration, practical and technical contribution to theatre in South Africa and the field of artsBusisiwe Victoria “Busi” Mhlongo (Posthumous)For her excellent contribution to the field of music and putting South Africa on the international music map with her prolific musical compositionGOLDAmandla Cultural EnsembleFor their contribution to the struggle against apartheid through their cultural performancesMolefi Nathanael OliphantFor his excellent contribution in the development of soccer in South Africa and excellent leadership in the successful bid and hosting of the 2010 FIFA World CupIrvin KhozaFor his excellent contribution and dedication in helping South Africa obtain the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and for ensuring that the tournament becomes a success as chairperson of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing CommitteeDaniel “Danny” JordaanFor his excellent contribution and hard work ensuring that South Africa host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup3. ORDER OF BAOBABBRONZE Reginald Dudley FordeFor his outstanding leadership in the field of education and contribution to the community service through the channels of the education system and the Boy Scout Movement of South AfricaNowongile Cynthia MoloFor her outstanding contribution to the development of women through the “Women in Agriculture and Rural Development” (WAARD), a self-empowerment initiative that changed the lives of many familiesSILVER Professor William Sinclair WinshipFor his excellent contribution to the field of medicine and dedication of his adult life to paediatrics and human geneticsDavid Patrick RussellFor his excellent contribution and commitment in opposing the apartheid system as a church leader and for taking a brave stand on many thorny issues to ensure that South Africa became a democratic societyGOLDRev. Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba (Posthumous)For his exceptional contribution and pioneering spirit in the formation of the African Independent Churches and his instrumental role in the development of a new understanding of Christianity among the African believers.4. ORDER OF LUTHULI BRONZEHarriet Bolton (Posthumous)For dedicating her adult life to the struggle for liberation, campaigning for workers’ rights and for organising the Furniture Workers’ Industrial Union and the Garment Workers’ Industrial UnionMargaret Gazo (Posthumous)For leading the women’s march to the Union Buildings and for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the ideals of democracy and her contribution to human rights and the struggle against apartheidViolet Sarah Matlou (nee Phiri)For her outstanding contribution to the struggle for liberation and for the ideals of just, non-racist and democratic South AfricaTsietsi Mashinini (Posthumous)For his bravery and leadership of the Soweto students uprising of 16 June 1976SILVERNelson DialeFor his excellent contribution in the struggle against apartheid and for his selfless sacrifices over many for attainment of freedom for all in South AfricaIsmael Chota Meer (Posthumous)For his excellent contribution to a non racial and democratic South Africa, struggle for liberation, workers rights and for the formation of Natal Teachers UnionMatsobane Morris MatsemelaFor his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and standing for the ideals of a free, just and democratic South AfricaFlorence Elizabeth Mnumzana (nee Mhinga)For her excellent leadership and activism in the health care sector as a contribution in the fight against apartheidGOLDLionel “Rusty” Bernstein (Posthumous)For his political activism, abandoning privilege and dedicating his adult life to the struggle for liberation, democracy, human rights and peace, and for striving to build a better Africa and a better world through the anti-apartheid crusade5. ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE SILVERProfessor Pieter SteynFor his excellent contribution and achievements in chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins6. ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF OR TAMBOSILVERHélène PasstoorsFor her excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation, democracy and human rights, and for waging a concerted struggle against racial oppression as an ANC activist and operative in South Africa, including engagement in underground workViacheslav Shiryaev “Ivan”For his excellent contribution to the struggle against apartheid and attainment of a democratic, non-racial and a non-sexist South Africa, and promoting friendship ties, joint cooperation programmes and projects between Russia and post apartheid South AfricaAndrew Jackson YoungFor his contribution to the struggle against oppression in South Africa, striving for better and fairer global social order and championing the cause of human rights in the international arenaGOLDLuis Inácio Lula da SilvaFor his outstanding contribution to the advancement of the agenda of the South and for the creation of a just and equitable system of global governance.