On Freedom Day, 27 April, the presidency awards extraordinary individuals with a National Order. They are the highest honour that South Africa can bestow. Now the time has come for nominations to occur for the 2018 National Order awards and Gugu Mhlungu wonders who you would nominate to receive one.
There are various orders, that recognises a variety of fields. The Order of Ikhamanga, for example, recognises excellence in arts and culture, literature, music journalism and sport.
Members of the public can nominate people who they think deserve a National Order.
Some suggestions from Mhlungu are investigative journalism centre AmaBhugane, athletes Akani Simbine and Wayde van Niekerk as well as musician Black Coffee.
Here are some of the listeners' suggestions:
I would like to nominate Johan Botha who was an investigative and environmental journalist, who was recently murdered.— Tamara, 702 and CapeTalk listener
Johan Botha was a presenter of TV show 50/50 presenter and a Carte Blanche producer. He was killed on in an armed robbery at the Zebra Inn in the Maboneng district in April.
I would like to nominate Dr Wayne Kleintjes. Sometime last year the doctor made a massive breakthrough in medical technology for third degree burns on patients.— James, 702 and CapeTalk listener
I would like to give Shaun Abrahams a brown nose award. Something for cowardice under fire, if they have anything of that sort.— Barry, 702 and CapeTalk listener
Other suggestion included the like of former 702 host Redi Thlabi, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and athlete Caster Semenya.
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