Countdown to national order ceremony this weekend

Prominent South Africans and foreign nationals will be awarded National Orders for their contribution to the advancement of democracy and improving the lives of South Africans.

The ceremony takes place on Saturday and will be presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will be receiving the country’s highest honour, the Order of Luthuli Gold, for his outstanding contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice in South Africa.

Musician Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse will receive the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts‚ culture‚ literature‚ music‚ journalism and sport.

The two joined Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast Show to share their gratitude.

I am elated by this recognition, frankly I never expected it so soon. I thought it still has to come, given that there are others before me who I believe should have been deserving.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse, musician

Reflecting back on the liberation struggle, Mabuse explains how the arts was an important factor in paving the way to toward a new democratic dispensation.

The struggle for freedom was not only about those who were necessarily in the forefront in terms of the sanctions, military and so on. The arts played just as an important part because we were all affected by what was going on in the country, so if we could make our one little contribution with what we were involved in, that was very critical.

Sipho 'Hotstix' Mabuse, musician

Meanwhile retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Mosenekesays says his experience of being one of the youngest prisoners on Robbin Island gave him an opportunity to draw from some of the greatest leaders of our time.

Think about it, you are sitting at their feet and you have the privilege of listening to uTata uMadiba, uTata uZeph Mothopeng... these were great leaders and they continued to promise and assure us that we will turn the corner and create a democratic society.

Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke

Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, will receive the Order of Luthuli (silver).

As a country we have not fulfilled our promise to the children, I guess it's mixed feelings. It says to me someone is watching and I am hopeful that this will bring some attention to the issues that children in this country face.

Sibongile Mkhabela, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital

Click on the link below to listen to hear for more of the recipients - Former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey as well as actress and Advocate Nakedi Ribane...


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