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Masire honoured by SA

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 02 May 2018   |   By Ricardo Kanono

Former President, the late Sir Quett Ketumile Masire of Botswana was scheduled to be honoured posthumously by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday.  His name was among those receiving South Africa's top honours at the national orders investiture ceremony. Masire was awarded The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in Gold  together with three other African former presidents: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Sam Nujoma of Namibia.

Former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, musician Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse, Proteas player Hashim Amla and veteran actress Lillian Dube will be celebrated for the brilliant work they have done in their respective fields. The chancellor of the national orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi, says Dube is been recognised with the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for "her contribution to the performing arts and raising awareness in women's health issues through storytelling. Her creative ways of dealing with serious subjects through humour has been healing to the nation". The Order of Luthuli in Gold will be bestowed on Moseneke for his outstanding contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice in South Africa. "Through his leadership our fledgling democracy has continually administered justice without fear, favour or prejudice," according to Lubisi.

Sipho "Hotstix" Mabuse is being honoured for his contribution to the field of music and social cohesion. Like Dube, Hashim Amla, former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey and retired track star Elana Meyer, he will receive the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver.

Amla's accolade is for his many batting feats in the international cricket arena and the fact that he "remains one of the leading batsmen of our time" – a major force in SA's resurgent cricket pride. National orders are the highest awards bestowed on citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have made a significant impact in improving the lives of South Africans.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will bestow the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo at the official ceremony.