Respect, kindness, generosity and family
In accepting her Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, Mrs Solani Mirriam Mazibuko pointed out that the values of respect, kindness, generosity and family were common in all cultures. She is pictured here with Mr Mazibuko and Ambassador and Mrs Yutaka Yoshizawa.
His Excellency Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa, the Ambassador of Japan, presented the decoration to Mrs. Solani Mirriam Mazibuko at his official residence on Thursday, 3 July 2014.
On 29 April 2014, the Government of Japan announced the Spring Conferment of Decorations on foreign nationals. Mrs. Solani Mirriam Mazibuko, Director of Orlando Children’s Home of Soweto, was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays for her contribution to promoting friendly relations between Japan and the Republic of South Africa.
Having been involved in activities to help vulnerable people in society, Mrs. Mazibuko has engaged in child welfare for more than 20 years. Since becoming a director of the Orlando Children’s Home in 1992, Mrs. Mazibuko has contributed to promoting friendly relations between Japanese society in South Africa and the South African people, encouraging active interactions between them. So far, Mrs. Mazibuko has hosted more than a thousand Japanese citizens to Orlando Children’s Home and neighboring Soweto and has cooperated with the Japanese society such as the JAPAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRIES in South Africa, the JAPANESE SCHOOL OF JOHANNESBURG and the NIPPON CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA in South Africa in various social welfare activities and events. Through her efforts, she instilled the spirit of Ubuntu on visiting Japanese people.
Mrs Mazibuko has contributed not only to the promotion of the friendship between Japan and the people of South Africa, but also to the good relations between Japan and South Africa.