Michèle Cassuto and Dominique Williams receive the insignia of the Order of Academic Palms [fr]
On Wednesday 19 October 2016, Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa, presented the insignia of the Order of Academic Palms to Michèle Cassuto and Dominique Williams at the Alliance Française in Cape Town.
Michèle Cassuto has many responsibilities related to the promotion and teaching of the French language in South Africa. She is a French teacher at Herschel Girls High School, a distinguished member of the South African French Teachers Association in the Western Cape, and an examiner of the National Senior Certificate oral Examination in French at the end of the five years of high school.
Committed to high-quality French teaching, she recently obtained from the French Editor Pocket the license to use, free of charge, the prescribed set works for the Matric curriculum of 2017-2019 in French.
Dominique Williams, Head of the French department at Rustenburg High School, a sworn translator of the Supreme Court of South Africa and of the French Consulate General in Cape Town, has been fully involved in promoting the French language, within the South African French Teachers Association in the Western Cape and also as an examiner for the Independent Examination Board of the National Senior Certificate written and oral Examination in French .
These two personalities, very much appreciated for their dynamism, their high standards in the teaching of the French language , their commitment in promoting the French language and culture, were bestowed the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques, by decree of the Prime Minister dated July the 14th, 2016, by Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador to South Africa.
Read the Ambassador’s speech here.