Former UCT vice-chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, and Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza are among the 11-member national orders advisory council appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi will be one of the recipients of the national orders next week.
On Sunday, the Presidency announced the new members who will advise and assist Ramaphosa in nominating South Africans and foreign nationals to be bestowed with national orders.
In another statement, director-general in the Presidency, Phindile Baleni, in her capacity as the Chancellor of the national orders, announced those who would be bestowed with the orders on 28 April.
National orders are the highest awards the president bestows to “eminent” South African and foreign nationals. Phakeng, who recently parted ways with UCT, is a recipient of the Order of the Baobab, which she received in 2016.
This award recognises South African citizens who have contributed, among others, to science, medicine, and technological innovation. Ramaphosa has appointed author and struggle liberation activist Mandla Langa as the advisory committee chairperson.