Top award for an icon
Mahlangu honoured for promoting Ndebele culture
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.
Esther Mahlangu was inducted into the Lilizela Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.