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Government congratulates SABC’s Leanne Manas for being honoured with Knight of the French National Order of Merit

20 May 2022

20 May 

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) would like to congratulate SABC Morning live presenter, Leanne Manas who was bestowed with the Knight of the French National Order Merit. The award was bestowed upon Manas by the Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Aurélien Lechevallier, on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron this week.

GCIS Director- General, Phumla Williams said: “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.”

The award recognises Manas’s stellar contribution to journalism, media and various important charitable projects that she has worked on. Government is pleased with Manas’s recognition because it also highlights the key role that the media plays in a democratic society, and in promoting social change.

The government also notes with appreciation the work that the South African media in general has been doing in covering some of the most important stories in our country, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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