Sprinting sensation Wayde van Niekerk duly received a National Order on Friday in another entry to his glittering CV, reports The Citizen.
The 24-year-old, who romped to Olympic gold last year in Rio, was bestowed the Order of Ikhamanga in Gold.
These awards are given to individuals who have advanced democracy, excelled in their respective fields or improved the lives of fellow citizens.
“We are honoured today to recognise these men and women locally and from abroad, who served our country with great distinction in various fields and elevated our standing in the international community,” President Jacob Zuma told guests at the ceremony at Sefako Makgatho guest house in Pretoria.
“The Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South Africans who have excelled in the field of arts, culture, literature, music journalism and sport.”
According to a statement from the presidency, Van Niekerk was deserving of the award “for his exceptional contribution to the sporting field of track running”.
“His performance against all odds broke standing records of international legends and brought immense national pride,” it read.
Organisation supports diabetics during the month of Ramadan
As the holy month of Ramadan draws closer, it is estimated that 40-50 million people with diabetes worldwide will abstaining from food, drink and oral medications from dawn to dusk during the auspicious period, which is set to start on Friday, May 26, subject to the sighting of the new moon, to Saturday, June 24.
Global healthcare leader, Lilly Medical Professionals has supported conversation maps to raise awareness among their patients on how to fast safely and avoid potential diabetic complications. Providing healthcare professionals with the right tools and resources, including time and personnel to educate patients and encourage them to discuss a treatment plan for fasting during Ramadan has been a key focus area for Lilly.
Although the Qur’an specifically exempts people with a medical condition from the duty of fasting, many people living with diabetes still choose to fast despite the health risks.
Medical director of Lilly South Africa, Dr Aneesa Sheik said, “Fasting presents significant challenges for people living with diabetes in terms of managing blood sugar levels, which is why it’s essential to consult with their doctor well in advance of the holy month of Ramadan to find out if they can fast and if so, plan a way to do it safely. The lack of food and water during the day, along with the heavy meals eaten before and after fasting at suhoor and ifthar can create serious health issues for people living with diabetes, as they are faced with major disruptions to their diet and daily routines. This can lead to serious complications among which are low or high blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that there is an increased risk of severe low blood sugar levels for individuals with type one or type two diabetes, especially for those who change the dosages of their oral medications or insulin one or two.”