Director-General in The Presidency and Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi says the National Orders over the weekend on Freedom Day at the Union Buildings went well.
Speaking on SAfm’s Forum@ 8, Lubisi thanked all South Africans and all those who are abroad that nominated the people who eventually were honoured over the weekend. He says anyone in the public can nominate any person or any organisation for National Orders. Lubisi says: “Once the nominations have been received, the National Advisory Council for National Orders sits down and see through the nominations, at the merits and demerits of each candidate. They do their own further research and on the basis of that, they make recommendations to the president. Then the president on the basis of the recommendations of the advisory council then decides who should be honoured.” Lubisi says the nominations for 2014 National Orders are now open.
“As we are speaking now, we already opened the process for nominations and the nominations will be closed on the 31 of July. We call on South Africans to make their nominations so that their nominations can be considered.”
President Jacob Zuma on Saturday 27 April 2013, bestow National Orders to outstanding South African citizens and foreign nationals in a ceremony in Pretoria.
National Orders are the highest awards that a country, through its Head of State, bestows on its citizens and foreign nationals who have made a positive and meaningful contribution to the country’s social, economic and political advancement.
National Orders are conferred yearly on Freedom Day, April 27. On the day, the following National Orders were bestowed: 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.-Edited by Sthembiso Sithole.
Click below to listen to the discussion about National Orders.