Order of Mapungubwe

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Order of Mapungubwe
Order of Mapungubwe.jpg
Awarded by President of South Africa
Type National Order
Status Currently constituted
Grades (w/ post-nominals)
  • Platinum (OMP)
  • Gold (OMG)
  • Silver (OMS)
  • Bronze (OMB)
Order of Mapungubwe (RSA) - ribbon bar.gif

The Order of Mapungubwe is South Africa's highest honour.[1] It was instituted on 6 December 2002, and is granted by the president of South Africa, for achievements in the international area which have served South Africa's interests. The order originally had three classes, and was enlarged to four in 2004:

  • Platinum (OMP), for exceptional and unique achievements,
  • Gold (OMG), for exceptional achievements,
  • Silver (OMS), for excellent achievements,
  • Bronze (OMB), for outstanding achievements.

The order is named after Mapungubwe,[2] an ancient African nation which existed a thousand years ago in what is now the northern part of the Limpopo province.

The first recipient of the order (in the Platinum class) was ex-president Nelson Mandela.


The badge is a horizontal oval above an inverted trapezium. Inside the oval frame is depicted a golden rhinoceros with the sun rising above Mapungubwe hill in the background. The convex upper edge of the trapezium is decorated with a beadwork pattern and the sides are edged with sceptres. In the centre is an ornate crucible from which molten gold flows down to a red furnace. The South African coat of arms is displayed on the reverse.

The ribbon is gold, edged with a line of cream-coloured bead-like dots along each edge, and recurring cream-coloured rhinoceros silhouettes down the centre. All four classes are worn around the neck.








  • Doris Lessing - Gold (literature, contributing to the elimination of colonialism and apartheid)
  • Douglas Butterworth - Silver (betterment of the environment and sustainability of fisheries)
  • Wieland Gevers - Silver (higher education and medicine)
  • Phuti Ngoepe - Silver (natural sciences, development of computer Modelling studies at the University of Limpopo)
  • Tim Noakes - Silver
  • Pragasen Pillay - Silver (energy conservation)


  • Johann Lutjeharms - Silver (oceanographic science, contribution to and achievements in)


  • Oliver Tambo Junior - Platinum (for his grandfather Oliver Reginald Tambo's anti-apartheid legacy) from President Jacob Zuma during the national orders award ceremony in Pretoria, South Africa on April 27, 2012.

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  1. ^ "The Order of Mapungubwe". The Presidency (Republic of South Africa). Archived from the original on 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  2. ^ http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/pebble.asp?relid=776