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Call for nominations: South African National Orders

National Orders are the highest form of recognition that a country bestows on deserving citizens. The President as the Grand Patron of the National Orders, awards these orders, which are inclusive and represent all South Africans.

The Chancery of Orders is inviting nominations from members of the public, non-governmental organisations, civic-based organisations and faith-based organisations for individuals deemed worthy recipients of the following National Orders:

THE ORDER OF MAPUNGUBWE (Category: I Platinum; II Gold, III Silver, and IV Bronze)

The Order is awarded to South African citizens who have accomplished excellence and exceptional achievements to the benefit of South Africa and beyond.

THE ORDER OF BAOBAB (Category: I Gold; II Silver and III Bronze)

The Order is awarded to South African citizens who have made exceptional and distinguished contributions in the following categories: community service, business and the economy, science, medicine and technological innovation.

THE ORDER OF LUTHULI (Category: I Gold; II Silver and III Bronze)

The Order is awarded to South African citizens in recognition of outstanding contribution in the struggle for democracy; nation-building; building democracy and human rights; justice and peace as well as for the resolution of conflict.

THE ORDER OF IKHAMANGA (Category: I Gold; II Silver and III Bronze)

The Order is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the field of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.

THE ORDER OF MENDI FOR BRAVERY (Category: I Gold; II Silver and III Bronze)

The Order is awarded to South African citizens who have distinguished themselves by displaying extraordinary acts of bravery through which their lives were placed in great danger or who have lost their lives, including trying to save the life of another person or by saving property, in or outside the Republic of South Africa.

COMPANIONS OF O.R. TAMBO (Category: I Gold; II Silver and III Bronze)

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded to eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore concerned primarily with matters of peace, cooperation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.

The motivation must be separate and include:
1) an introductory paragraph with summary of the nominee’s achievements
2) a list of exceptional milestones reached by the nominee in his/her career and/or international arena
3) a description of the exceptional, outstanding, dedicated service or act of bravery rendered by the nominee.

Download the nomination form.

The closing date for nominations: 31 August 2015.
Postal address: The Chancery of Orders, Private Bag X1000, Pretoria, 0001
Delivery address: Chancery of Orders, The Presidency, Room 225, East Wing, Union Buildings, Pretoria, 0001