Deaf South Africans receives prestigious National Orders awards

Two Deaf South Africans have received prestigious National Orders awards. The first is Braam Jordaan. He has received the Order of the Baobab in Silver from the South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. He received the award for his work on sign language awareness and for his creative work on films and books. 

The other Deaf person was honored, but after his death. His name was Thapelo Tambani, who was 9. He received a posthumous Order of the Mendi for saving the life of another boy who fell into a water-filled ditch. Sadly, he died after he himself fell under the water. 

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The South African Government tweeted images of Jordaan receiving his award and of a representative of Tambani receiving his award. 


That’s a very nice honor for Jordaan, and a very touching way to honor Tambani. 

Jordaan posted a video in South African Sign Language on his Facebook about his work and advocacy. I’ll show you a clip. 

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Congratulations to Jordaan and our condolences goes out to the family of Tambani. 

SA Government on Braam:

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Video of Tambani Award:

Braam’s FB Video: