PRETORIA – The nation has congratulated South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Morning live presenter, Leanne Manas, who was bestowed with the Knight of the French National Order Merit.
The French National Order of Merit award recognises Manas’s stellar contribution to journalism, media and her humanitarian work with refugees
Ambassador of France to South Africa, Aurélien Lechevallier bestowed the award upon Manas on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron.
Yesterday, @LeanneManas has been awarded by the French National Order of Merit for her contribution for media and journalism and her humanitarian work with refugees. 🎊🛡️
Congratulations! @MorningLiveSABC@NelsonMandela pic.twitter.com/IS49Oid9E2
— Aurélien Lechevallier (@lechevallierAS) May 18, 2022
“We are pleased to see one of our own being recognised internationally, it means that the great work that she does also impacts other people outside of our borders.
“When one of us is recognised by a global audience, we all become very proud because the South African flag is flown high. We acknowledge and appreciate Mana’s enormous contribution to the media industry. We have seen her passion coming through every time we watch her on our television screens,” GCIS Director- General, Phumla Williams, said on Friday.
Government is pleased with Manas’s recognition as it also highlights the key role that the media plays in a democratic society, and in promoting social change.
Leanne Manas also used the auspicious occasion to draw attention to the loss of one of South Africa’s greatest departed Journalist, Vuyo Mbuli.
You would’ve been very proud my friend. 9 years today and I still miss you so much 🙏🇿🇦 pic.twitter.com/AY08qlTtl5
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) May 19, 2022