This is in recognition of his active role in strengthening business ties between Brazil and South Africa in the important field of aviation.
The National Order of the Southern Cross is the highest Brazilian decoration awarded to citizens of other countries. It was created as the “Imperial Order of the Southern Cross” on December 1st, 1822 by Brazil`s first Head of State, Emperor Dom Pedro I, less than three months after the country’s independence from colonial ties.
The other two South African Citizens to have been admitted are:
- Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki, Former President of South Africa, received the Grand Collar of the Order during an official visit to Brazil in 2001; and
- Albert Louis Sachs, former judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, admitted in 2016 to the rank of Commander.
The Ambassador of Brazil said: “The admission to the National Order of the Southern Cross is a well-deserved recognition by Brazilians of Mr Foster’s contributions to fostering the relations between the two countries, in particular in the airline industry. We all hope it may also inspire the next stages of his personal and professional history of a fruitful relationship with Brazil”.
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