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Africa: One South African businesswoman and TV presenter at the SABC, especially known as the anchor of the show ‘; Leanne Manas’, was honoured by Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite on behalf of President Emmanuel Macron. 

Yesterday, President Cyril Ramaphosa also congratulated SABC TV veteran broadcaster Leanne Manas on being awarded the Knight of the French National Order of Merit for her contribution to the media industry.

Ramaphosa also wished her on Twitter and said: “Warmest congratulations to @LeanneManas on being honoured as a Knight of the French National Order of Merit for her immense contribution to journalism, media and charitable causes. We look forward to many more informative and inspirational mornings with you and your team.”

One of the French ambassadors to SA, Aurélien Lechevallier, said Manas is well known for her “humanitarian work with refugees”. 

Manas was presented with the award during a ceremony on behalf of French President Emmanuel Macron at the French Embassy in Pretoria on Tuesday, 17 May 2022. The media vet also took the help of social media pages in order to pay tribute to her co-host, Vuyo Mbuli, who died on the same day nine years back, adding that he would have been proud of her. 

Taking to her Twitter page, she said that Vuyo would have been happy to see her win the award, and he would have ended up being proud of her. 

She wrote: “You would have been very proud, my friend. Nine years today, & I still miss you so much.”

Some reports that Mbuli suffered a heart attack were not true; this statement came from his family’s side. 

A family member said his blood had clotted, and he had two relatively large clots. 

The chunks tend to move around the body, and they move to his chest. Hence he complained of chest pain.

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