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Mahlangu hon­oured for pro­mot­ing Nde­bele cul­ture

Sowetan - - News - By Les­ley Mo­fo­keng En­ter­tain­ment Ed­i­tor

Esther Mahlangu, the iconic Nde­bele artist, be­came the first South African to be in­ducted in the Lilizela Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

Mahlangu was among the guests at the awards cer­e­mony hosted by ac­tor Thapelo Mokoena and ra­dio and tele­vi­sion star Masech­aba Ndlovu held at Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Sun­day night.

Pre­sent­ing the hon­our to her, Min­is­ter of Tourism Tokozile Xasa said Mahlangu dis­tin­guished her­self through her artis­tic en­deav­ours on the in­ter­na­tional stage. She said she contributed in rais­ing the pro­file of South Africa as a cul­tural tourism des­ti­na­tion.

“Her Nde­bele art­work has graced global brands. She was pre­vi­ously hon­oured on this very stage for her con­tri­bu­tion to our cul­tural tourism of­fer­ing and again last year as a Min­is­ter’s Award re­cip­i­ent.”

Winners of th­ese awards were an­nounced in dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories, from self-cater­ing to 5-star lux­ury es­tab­lish­ments, as well as tour guides.

Mahlangu was re­cently in New York to at­tend the un­veil­ing of a two-lane mu­ral painted in her hon­our.

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Esther Mahlangu was in­ducted into the Lilizela Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

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