This Order is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled
in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and
This Order can be awarded in three categories:
- Category 1 = Gold
- Category 2 = Silver
- Category 3 = Bronze.
The Ikhamanga (Strelitzia) plant symbolises the unique beauty of
achievements by men and women who carry colourful South African
aloft in the fields of creativity, arts, culture, music, journalism
|1. Lydenburg Heads – (the arts) –
the terracotta head represents visual, creative arts,
performance and drama.
2. African drum – relevant
to all cultures and representative of the arts, it symbolises
excellent talent in communication and cultural
3. Crest/sun – the crown symbolises a
feathered head-dress worn by performers, royalty and respected
people. The rays of the sun, which denote power, glory,
illumination and vitality, represent the achievements of
performers in various fields.
4. Inner ovals or
borders – (glorification in sport) – they symbolise the
acknowledgement of exceptional achievements in various
sporting and cultural activities
5. Roads –
(achievement and success) – portray all roads leading to
Africa and the Cradle of Humankind, which emphasises the long,
hard road to achievement, excellence and success.