The “Queen of all Africa music” Yvonne Chaka Chaka will this Thursday receive The Order of Ikhamanga award.
She will share the national honours with the late Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu.
The Order of Ikhamanga is a South African honour. It was instituted on 30 November 2003 and is granted by the President of South Africa for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports.
“Thank u to everyone who nominated me for the Ikhamanga award,” Chaka Chaka tweeted.
With the Order of Ikhamanga added to her list of honours, the ‘Princess of Africa’ has moved up in the monarchy.
The Presidency Director-General Dr Cassius Lubisi as Chancellor of the National Orders announced the names of the outstanding South African citizens and foreign nationals set to be bestowed with the National Orders later on in the month.
The six national orders are the Order of Mendi, Order of the Baobab, Order of Ikhamanga, Order Mapungubwe, Order of Luthuli and Order of the Companions of OR Tambo, which President Cyril Ramaphosa will bestow on recipients at the National Orders Awards Ceremony in Pretoria on 25 April 2019.
Lubisi at a briefing unveiled this year’s recipients “who have contributed to the struggle for democracy, nation-building and building democracy and human rights”.
Other notable recipients to join Molewa, Chaka Chaka and Tsedu included Thandi Lujabe-Rankoe, Anthony Andrew Trew, Mary Mhlongo Twala and Jacques Kallis.
The National Orders are the highest awards that South Africa bestows, through the president of South Africa, on 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.