The princess of Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka Mhinga and veteran actress Mary Mhlongo Twala are both set to receive National Order of Ikhamanga. The orders are the highest awards that are bestowed to citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and who made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.
Image: Yvonne Chaka Chaka IG
In a statement released by the Presidency, Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi shares in part about the orders; “the National Orders also recognise the contributions made by individuals who contributed and continue to contribute to the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in our Constitution.”
Both stars will receive the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. Yvonne will receive the For her excellent contribution to the field of music and her general contribution to social cohesion. Her melodic voice reverberated and found resonance in many parts of our continent and the world. While Mary will receive it for her excellent contribution to the performing arts and creatively raising awareness on women’s health issues through storytelling. Her sense of humour and humility on and off stage have endeared her to the nation at large.
The National Orders at an investiture ceremony to be held on Thursday, 25 April 2019.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mary Mhlongo Twala to receive national orders. So well deserved!
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) April 2, 2019