The City of Cape Town invites residents to nominate individuals, organisations or military units for Civic Honours from Monday 21 January 2013.
Civic Honours have been awarded annually for over 50 years and are conferred to acknowledge individuals, organisations and military units that have distinguished themselves through extraordinary acts of service or outstanding contributions to their community and the city.
The awards were discontinued in 2000, after the amalgamation of the Cape Metropole’s seven municipalities into a single ‘unicity’ but were revived six years later to recognise those who excel in carrying out the responsibilities inherent in being a South African citizen. These responsibilities include excellence in upholding the rights of others; serving others above oneself; or contributing to nation-building through outstanding service and achievements.
The awards are conferred in terms of the City’s Civic Honours Policy, which was adopted by
Council on 3 December 2008. The policy identifies the following main categories for awards:
Freedom of the City
This award is bestowed upon individuals, military units or organisations which have distinguished themselves through heroic service. There are three living Freemen of the City: former State President and Nobel Laureate, Nelson Mandela; Nobel Laureate, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; and former Chancellor for the University of the Western Cape, Dr Richard van der Ross.
Signing of the Civic Honours Book
This is an invitation for a person to sign or inscribe their name against a citation of their achievement in the ‘Civic Honours Book’. This book is kept by the City for future generations to remember Cape Town’s great citizens.
Freedom of Entry into the City
Freedom of Entry into the City is an accolade given only to military units to recognise outstanding service to their country and city. Military units that receive this honour may march through the streets of Cape Town during all ceremonial and other occasions with ‘swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying’.
The Mayor’s Medal
This prestigious award acknowledges outstanding contributions that are made voluntarily by individuals or associations in various fields, including: community affairs; social affairs and services; cultural affairs; youth affairs; recreation and sport; conservation; economic affairs; and extraordinary bravery.
A Civic Honour may be conferred on a living person or in memory of a deceased person. All nominations must be presented in writing, indicating the honour to be bestowed and including an adequate motivation.
The public are invited to submit their nominations via post to the Office of the Executive Mayor, Private Bag X9181, Cape Town 8000 or via e-mail to Levona.Africa@capetown.gov.za
before Friday, 22 February 2013.