Magangeni primary hails former pupil for receiving national orders

Dr Hlami Ngwenya to receive the Order of Baobab in Bronze from President Ramaphosa

By Benson Ntlemo

Magangeni Primary School in Malamulele in the Collins Chabane Local Municipality in Limpopo has hailed Dr Hlamalani Ngwenya, one of its finest products, who will be honoured by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Tshwane tomorrow.

Dr Hlami Ngwenya

Dr Ngwenya will be awarded the Order of Baobab in Bronze from Ramaphosa for her contribution in sustainable development, capacity building and empowering communities.

A holder of Doctorate in sustainable agriculture from the University of Free State, she has been to more than 40 countries in the world, as a resource person in agriculture.

Magangeni School principal Lucky Mashava said the school was proud of the feat by its former pupil.

Mashaba said: “On behalf of stakeholders of Magangeni primary school I would like to extend a word of grateful acknowledgement to Dr Hlami Ngwenya for this prestigious award of the Order of Baobab to be bestowed on her by President Cyril  Ramaphosa.

“As an ambassador and product of the school this will go a long way in the history of the school as it is the first award to bestow to a product attached to our school.

She is truly one of our own, a trailblazer and mover of note. Her remarkable work in the agriculture sector, including initiating events like World Milk day which is held annually is well documented. These are some of the projects she has achieved with aplomb, “he said.

Hosi Lwandlamuni Nwamitwa, the chairperson of Vatsonga Machangana Royal unity also heaped praise on Dr Ngwenya saying the royal leaders are proud of her.

The Khatisa Chavalala Cultural Heritage Foundation, former to further the legacy of the late music icon Khatisa Chavalala also praised Dr Ngwenya for her achievements.

Hosi Bohani Shigamani, speaking on behalf of the foundation said:” Dr Ngwenya is one of our own and we are proud that someone from our rural areas has scaled such dizzy heights such that she is honoured by the head of the country,” said Hosi Shigamani.

Her elder sister Khensani Khosa says Dr Hlamalani Ngwenya is the last born in the family and the most educated.

“Her name says it all, Be surprised and as her siblings, we have been surprised by her doings from her young age,” she said.

She said as the family they do not feel her youngest sister’s status as she respects everybody.

Her three children, Juliana Shilombe, Mick-Carlos Xiluva and Calida Xivono Haggman issued a joint statement on their mother and said: “We are absolutely ecstatic about this milestone in her life. Not only is she our mother, but she is also a mother figure to a countess number of people because of her empathy and how selfless and giving she is.”

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