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Order of Ikhamanga

Order of Ikhamanga
Order of Ikhamanga.jpg
Awarded by President of South Africa
TypeNational Order
EligibilitySouth African citizens
Awarded forexcellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport.
StatusCurrently constituted
Grades
  • Gold (OIG)
  • Silver (OIS)
  • Bronze (OIB)
Order of Ikhamanga ribbon.jpg
Ribbon section

The Order of Ikhamanga is a South African honour.[1] It was instituted on 30 November 2003 and is granted by the President of South Africa for achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports (which were initially recognised by the Order of the Baobab). The order has three classes:

  • Gold (OIG), for exceptional achievement,
  • Silver (OIS), for excellent achievement,
  • Bronze (OIB), for outstanding achievement.

"Ikhamanga" is the Xhosa name for the strelitzia flower.

Design

The egg-shaped badge depicts a rising sun, a "Lydenburg head", two strelitzia flowers, a drum, three circles, and two roadways. The head represents the arts, the sun represents glory, the circles symbolise sport, and the roads represent the long road to excellence.[2] The South African coat of arms is displayed on the reverse.

The ribbon is gold with four cream-coloured lines inset from each edge and a pattern of recurring stylised dancing figures down the centre. All three classes are worn around the neck.

The National Order of Ikhamanga was designed by Charles Peter Gareth Smart, a graphic designer based in Pretoria, South Africa.

Recipients

Gold

Silver

Bronze

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Order of Ikhamanga". The Presidency. Republic of South Africa. Archived from the original on 20 April 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  2. ^ [www.thepresidency.gov.za]
  3. ^ [www.thepresidency.gov.za]

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