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Hlengiwe Cele   
 A National order of Mapungubwe for Prof George Ekama

Professor George Ekama is to be awarded in Silver, the National order of Mapungubwe according to the Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi, on behalf of the Presidency of South Africa, on 22 April 2013, when he announced the South African National Orders for 2013.

“The Order of Mapungubwe recognises South Africans who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievement to the benefit of South Africa and beyond,” said Lubisi.

According to Lubisi, Ekama receives the honour “for his excellent research that has provided innovative solutions to enhancing and improving wastewater treatment. His important work is helping the country to find solutions to water scarcity.”

Both South Africans and foreign nationals will be officially awarded National Orders at an investiture ceremony to be held on Freedom Day, Saturday 27 April 2013.This year’s ceremony will be held under the theme “Mobilising society towards consolidating our democracy and freedom”.

“National Orders are the highest awards that a country, through its President, bestows to its 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.

“The National Orders also recognise the contributions made by individuals who contributed and continue to contribute to a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in our Constitution,” said Lubisi at the announcement.

This is the 19th Investiture ceremony since the inception of the National Orders. President Jacob Zuma will bestow to deserving recipients the Order of Mendi for Bravery, the Order of Ikhamanga, the Order of the Baobab, the Order of Luthuli, the Order of Mapungubwe, and the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.

Currently a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town, Professor Ekama is also a fellow of several institutions such as the Water Institute of Southern Africa, Royal Society of South Africa and the academies of Science and of Engineering of South Africa.

Contact: hlengiwec@wrc.org.za

Prof George Ekama, University of Cape Town
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