Through a presidential decree Airlink CEO Rodger Foster has been admitted to the “Ordem Nacional do Cruzeiro do Sul” (National Order of the Southern Cross), in the class of commander, in recognition of his active and devoted role in strengthening business ties between Brazil and South Africa in the important field of aviation.
Brazilian ambassador to South Africa Sérgio França Danese delivered the decoration in a brief ceremony at the Airlink training centre in Gauteng, South Africa.
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 South African president, 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.
According to the Ambassador of Brazil, “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”.