The President of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, honoured one of the greatest contributors in the Free State Department of Sport, Art and Culture last week. Dr Kgotso Pieter David Maphalla died on 5 April 2021 after suffering a stroke.
The Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, bestowed the Order of Ikhamanga, a South African honour, on the late Dr Maphalla The order honours South Africans who have excelled in the fields of art, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport. The renowned author wrote more than 40 books, including Kabelwamanong and Botsang lebitla among others. In her statement Ntombela said the illustrious career of the late author is well-documented as he contributed to careers of many up-and-coming writers throughout the country.
“The rich and selfless legacy of Dr KDP Maphalla will be celebrated for many years to come. He remains an epitome of human excellence and a symbol of greatness, whose spirit shall forever live on,” Ntombela said.
She added that Dr MAphella’s footsteps will forever serve as guiding torch for people of the Free State province to follow. Ntombela ended by saying that the province is priviledged to have had people like Dr “KPD” Maphalla and she hopes the province will produce more legends like him.