|Lindiwe Mabuza was the South African Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from 1995 to 1999.|
The Republic of South Africa’s highest civil award for foreign citizens, the Order of Good Hope, honors people who stand up for the welfare of the people of South Africa and who have earned the respect and the recognition of the country of South Africa.
This special honor was bestowed on Jürgen Schrempp in 1998. The President of South Africa at the time, Nelson Mandela, presented him with this medal with the green and yellow band in Baden-Baden. With this award, the Nobel Peace Prize winner honored Schrempp’s sustained commitment to South Africa. The Order of Good Hope has been awarded since 1973. Award-winners also include Queen Elizabeth II of England and Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England.
Schrempp, who was appointed to the management of Mercedes-Benz of South Africa in 1974, was an early advocate of easing difficult conditions within the company that had been brought about by apartheid.
Schrempp has also been committed to the battle against the relentless epidemic AIDS/HIV for decades – especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. And as Chairman of SAFRI, the Southern Africa Initiative of German Business founded in 1996, he is convinced that a commitment to this region of the future will pay off – from a political, economic and a human point of view. “For it is important to become active in southern Africa, or its problems will come to us.”
The 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa had a particularly positive effect, which could be seen by the whole world. There was around-the-clock media coverage and many visitors took their own personal impressions home with them. The entire African continent benefited. This sporting event provided South Africa the unique opportunity to show all skeptics the high standard of living that has already been achieved and the great people that live there.