The Order of the Baobab
This Order is awarded to South African citizens for
distinguished service. The service awarded is well above and
beyond the ordinary call of duty. It is an award for exceptional
and distinguished contributions in the following categories:
- Business and the economy
- Science, medicine and technological innovation
- Community service.
This Order can be awarded in three classes:
- Class 1 = Supreme Counsellor of the Order of the Baobab
- Class 2 = Grand Counsellor of the Order of the Baobab
- Class 3 = Counsellor of the Order of the Baobab (Bronze).
This Order finds its inspiration from the Baobab which is a
tropical African tree. The origins of the name Baobab is part of
the many rich legends and mysteries of Africa. It has probably
been more often described than any other tree in Africa for,
among other things, its vitality, and magical and symbolic value
to indigenous people. The endurance and tolerance shown by the
tree in growing old is reflective of the sustained and
exceptional service to South Africa that is awarded by this
Order. Similarly, the service rendered still ensures the
enduring and growing status of South Africa.
The Baobab is an important element in many African agro
forestry systems. It provides bark for cloth and rope, fruits
for food and fuel, and many other useful products. The familiar,
broad and strong protruding root system supports a massive tree
commonly known as a place for many important meetings and
protection in traditional African societies.
|1. Baobab (Baobab
or Adonsonia Digitata) - known for its roots and
longevity. Provides not only shade and a place for
meetings, but is also central in supporting the
communities it is found in.
2. Nonagon shape - a nine-sided polygon
background symbolising the many different areas of
possible contribution and service to building a
prosperous and advancing nation. The icon is also
symbolic of the nine provinces of our country.
3. Exterior organic
holding shape - Baobab bark texture finish; the bark
is commonly used for the making of mats and hats.
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