The Order is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful
contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights,
nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.
This Order can be awarded in three categories:
- Category 1 = Gold
- Category 2 = Silver
- Category 3 = Bronze
The triangular flint stone represents a basic tool of survival
used by prehistoric ancestors to skin animals, construct shelters
and cut strips of skin to make clothes.
It symbolises the vision of the late Chief Albert Luthuli - the
legendary liberation struggle leader and first African recipient of
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961 - for African people to participate
fully in the socio-economic and political development of South
Hill – depicts peace and tranquillity after the Battle of
Isandlwana in 1879.
2. The South African Flag –
represents the dawn of freedom and democracy.
Technology – emphasises the development of high-tech
African Clay Pot
4. Two horns
– espouse his vision for a democratic, non-racial and
non-sexist South Africa.
5. The leopard pattern –
represents Chief Luthuli’s trademark headgear.
Beads – decoration symbolises the beauty of Africa and
the African bull represents the empowerment and prosperity of
the African people.