Braam Jordaan to be Recipient of The Order of The Baobab

The Programme Director, General Cassius Lubisi, made an announcement sharing the 2019 National Orders recipients. A sign language activist, Braam Jordaan, is being honored for his “his brilliant efforts at raising awareness on the importance of sign language and the human rights of deaf people around the world through his colourful spectrum of films and books.” (Lubisi)

As the Chancellor of the National Order, Lubisi announced the individuals from South Africa and foreign nationals that are to be awarded National Orders at an investiture ceremony to be held on Thursday, April 25, 2019. National orders are the highest award that a president can bestow upon their citizens and other individuals that have contributed towards the “advancement of democracy and who [have] made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans.” (Lubisi)

Braam Jordaan has made an announcement on his personal twitter, “I am humbled and honoured to be a recipient of The Order of The Baobab! The investiture ceremony to be held at the Union building in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday, 25 April 2019. “ Jordaan will be bestowed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Jordaan shared some thoughts with The Deaf Report, “I cannot express in words or signs how thankful I am to everyone involved in my journey so far! I would say, it was all team work and the never-ending belief in our hard work and honest objective! Our journey is still not completed and there is still a lot of work to be done!”

Braam Jordaan was born in Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa's biggest city and capital of the Gauteng province. Jordaan has achieved multiple recognition awards internationally and is known for his work on the Rubbish Monster, described by an ASL website as an “one-minute animation entitled 'The Rubbish Monster', which garnered no less than 12 awards, including Multichoice Vuka!, at the 11th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival (SICAF), the 5th KAFI and Animation Exchange Best of the Best. 'The Rubbish Monster' was featured in The Filmmakers’ Guide to South Africa: 10th Anniversary Edition as 'The Review of the Decade'. It led to Cambridge University Press publishing his children’s book adaptation by the same name in 2009." (Start ASL)

Jordaan also wanted to emphasize how much his wife has supported him throughout the times, “A big thank you to my wife for all of her support. She has always been my strength throughout the times!”

Jordann's notable mentions includes his tenure as an Honorable Member of Disability Rights Parliament (Parliament of South Africa), while also serving as a member of the Commission on Education during the same time.