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Mary Twala, Yvonne Chaka Chaka & other SA arts icons receive national orders

Mary Twala, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nomhle Nkonyeni are among recipients in the Order of Ikhamanga category, which recognises those who've excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Mary Twala receives the Order of Ikhamanga from President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Presidency.

JOHANNESBURG - A number of South African icons of the local arts and culture industry have been recognised for their decades-long contribution to their craft by President Cyril Ramaphosa who bestowed the 2019 National Orders Awards on a number of local citizens and eminent foreign nationals on Thursday.

The national orders are the highest awards that South Africa bestows, through the president, upon citizens and members of the international community who have contributed meaningfully towards making the country a free democratic and successful nation, united in its diversity.

Mary Twala, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Nomhle Nkonyeni are among recipients in the Order of Ikhamanga category, which recognises South Africans who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

Other Order of Ikhamanga recipients include:

Veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu

Former Protea Jacques Kallis

Johaar Mosaval

Veteran journalist and author of the late Pan African Congress leader Robert Sobukwe's autobiography, Benjamin Pogrund

Achmat Davids

"In your commitment to the betterment of yourselves and your communities, you have shown that indeed a fundamental difference exists between being a member of society and being a citizen," Ramaphosa told recipients of all national orders.

"You have gained recognition for your dedication to personal, professional and other improvements; to putting yourselves at the service of your country; and for your willingness to do your part to make South Africa a better place."

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