NAC Council member and Chairperson for the Capacity Building Funding Programme, Ms Mandie van der Spuy, has been bestowed the Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (or Knight in the French Legion of Honour) by the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud on behalf of the French President in Pretoria on Thursday 11 April 2019. Councilor van de Spuy has been recognised for her exceptional contribution to the relationship between France and South Africa in the cultural domain.
The French Legion of Honour celebrates the accomplishments of distinguished individuals, irrespective of sex, social background and nationality.
The national order of the Legion of Honour was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, and is the highest decoration in France. It was first awarded on 14 July 1804. Prominent South Africans who have been awarded this honour are former President Nelson Mandela, late struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the late Edna Molewa.
Congratulations to Councilor Mandie van der Spuy,
In the images are: Councilor Mandie Van der Spuy, Ambassador of France H.E. Christophe Farnaud presenting her with the medal.