SASCOC has offered its heartfelt congratulations to those who were honoured by The Presidency when the names were announced to receive National Orders awards.
The awards are the highest that the country, through our President, hands to its citizens and foreign nationals who have contributed under the theme “Mobilising society towards consolidating our democracy and freedom”. Amongst those honoured were three from the sporting fraternity Olympic gold medal swimming hero Chad le Clos, Paralympic athlete sprinter Ilse Hayes and football legend Kaizer Motaung.
All three received the Order of Ikhamanga, bestowed in silver.
In announcing the awards which were handed over at a ceremony on Freedom Day, Saturday, 27 April the Presidency motivated the following:
“Chad le Clos: For his excellent achievements on the international swimming stage, especially at the London Olympics in 2012, thus placing South Africa in high standing globally in the field of Aquatic sports.
“Ilse Hayes: For her courageous and relentless pursuit of excellence and incredible physical endurance.
“Kaizer Motaung: For his achievements as a committed and dedicated footballer and his outstanding contribution to the development of young football talent in the country.”
In paying tribute, the CEO of SASCOC, Mr Tubby Reddy, said that all three had “contributed in a significant manner to the landscape of South African sport.
“The Presidency has honoured these three individuals who have all contributed immensely to their chosen fields. We are especially delighted to see that the hard work of these three hasn’t gone unnoticed and we wish to congratulate them and offer our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes for the future,” Reddy said.
This was the 19th Investiture ceremony since the inception of the National Orders, contributing towards unity, reconciliation and building the nation.
Also receiving a National Order was LeadSA’s Yusuf Abramjee. LeadSA and Abramjee partnered with SASCOC for the Team SA send-offs to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics as well as the welcome home function after the Games.