Order of Ikhamanga

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Order of Ikhamanga
Awarded by President of South Africa
TypeCivilian national order
Established30 November 2003
EligibilitySouth African citizens
Awarded forExcellence in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport
StatusCurrently constituted
  • Gold (OIG)
  • Silver (OIS)
  • Bronze (OIB)

Ribbon of the order

The Order of Ikhamanga is a South African civilian honour that recognises achievements in arts, culture, literature, music, journalism, and sports.[1] Before the order was established on 30 November 2003, such achievements were recognised by the Order of the Baobab. The Order of Ikhamanga is granted by the President of South Africa to South African citizens. Ikhamanga is the Xhosa name for Strelitzia reginae, a flower.


The order has three classes:

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


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


The table below lists the members of the Order of Ikhamanga.[2]

Members of the Order of Ikhamanga
Recipient Class Year Field Ref.
Bessie Head Gold 2003 Literature [3]
Alex La Guma Gold 2003 Literature [3]
Dumile Feni Gold 2003 Visual arts [3]
Cecil Skotnes Gold 2003 Visual arts [3]
Steve Mokone Gold 2003 Football [3]
Gary Player Gold 2003 Golf [3]
Magogo ka Dinizulu Gold 2003 Music [3]
2010 Soccer World Cup Bid Committee Gold 2004 Football administration [4]
Natalie du Toit Gold 2004, 2009 Swimming [4][5]
Joseph Albert Mashite Mokoena Gold 2004 Mathematics [4]
George Pemba Gold 2004 Visual arts [4]
N. P. van Wyk Louw Gold 2005 Literature
A. C. Jordan Gold 2005 Literature
Alan Paton Gold 2006 Literature
Tiyo Soga Gold 2006 Literature
Elisabeth Eybers Gold 2007 Literature (poetry)
Selope Thema Gold 2008 Journalism
Lewis Pugh Gold 2009 Swimming [5]
Miriam Makeba Gold 2009 Music [5]
Jonas Gwangwa Gold 2010 Music
Hugh Masekela Gold 2010 Music
Danny Jordaan Gold 2011 Football administration
Molefi Oliphant Gold 2011 Football administration
Irvin Khoza Gold 2011 Football administration
Julian Bahula Gold 2012 Music [6]
Benedict Wallet Vilakazi Gold 2016 Literature [7]
Mamokgethi Phakeng Gold 2016 Science [7]
Amandla Cultural Ensemble Gold 2011 Zulu language and culture
Wayde van Niekerk Gold 2017 Athletics
Johaar Mosaval Gold 2019 Ballet
Raymond Louw Gold 2021 Journalism
David Maphalla Gold 2021 Literature and Sotho culture [8]
Sibusiso Nyembezi Gold 2021 Literature and Zulu language [8]
Joseph Shabalala Gold 2021 Music (Isicathamiya) [8]
Desiree Ellis Gold 2023 Football [9]
Siya Kolisi Gold 2023 Rugby [9]
Solomon Linda Gold 2023 Music [9]
Mono Arthur Sipho Badela Gold 2023 Journalism [9]
Bokwe James Mafuna Gold 2023 Journalism [9]
Hestrie Cloete Silver 2003 Athletics [3]
Sydney Maree Silver 2003 Athletics [3]
Zanele Situ Silver 2003 Athletics [3]
Basil D'Oliveira Silver 2003 Cricket [3]
Eric Majola Silver 2003 Cricket [3]
Penny Heyns Silver 2003 Swimming [3]
Lionel Ngakane Silver 2003 Film [3]
Jake Tuli Silver 2003 Boxing [3]
Ken Gampu Silver 2003 Performing arts
Gladys Mgudlandlu Silver 2003 Visual arts
Sewsunker Sewgolum Silver 2004 Golf [4]
Theo Mthembu Silver 2004 Boxing [4]
Elijah Makhathini Silver 2004 Boxing [4]
Hassan Howa Silver 2004 Cricket administration [4]
Alf Kumalo Silver 2004 Photojournalism [4]
Sathima Bea Benjamin Silver 2004 Music (jazz) [4]
Vera Gow Adams Silver 2004 Music (opera) [4]
Dolly Rathebe Silver 2004 Music [4]
Elsa Joubert Silver 2004 Journalism [4]
Johan Degenaar Silver 2004 Philosophy [4]
James Matthews Silver 2004 Literature (poetry) [4]
Ingrid Jonker Silver 2004 Literature (poetry) [4]
Helen Sebidi Silver 2004 Visual and creative arts [4]
Stephanus Lombaard Silver 2005 Athletics [10]
Lucas Radebe Silver 2005 Football [10]
Peter Edward Clarke Silver 2005 Visual arts and literature [10]
Allina Ndebele Silver 2005 Visual and creative arts [10]
Henry Nxumalo Silver 2005 Journalism [10]
John Kani Silver 2005 Theatre [10]
Athol Fugard Silver 2005 Theatre [10]
Sophie Thoko Mgcina Silver 2005 Performing arts [10]
George Singh Silver 2006 Football administration
Ryk Neethling Silver 2006 Swimming
Roland Schoeman Silver 2006 Swimming
André Brink Silver 2006 Literature
Don Mattera Silver 2006 Literature and journalism
Can Themba Silver 2006 Literature and journalism
Thandi Klaasen Silver 2006 Music
Dorothy Masuka Silver 2006 Music
Abigail Kubeka Silver 2006 Music
Willie Bester Silver 2006 Visual arts
Esther Mahlangu Silver 2006 Visual arts
Boy Adolphus Mvemve Silver 2006 Anti-apartheid struggle
Yvonne Bryceland Silver 2006 Performing arts
Mandla Langa Silver 2007 Literature and journalism
Wally Serote Silver 2007 Literature (poetry)
Gladys Thomas Silver 2007 Literature
Henry Segome Ramaila Silver 2007 Literature in Pedi
Eddie Roux Silver 2007 Journalism and political literature
Nat Nakasa Silver 2007 Journalism
Schalk Pienaar Silver 2007 Journalism
Morné du Plessis Silver 2007 Rugby
Kitch Christie Silver 2007 Rugby coaching
Sam Ramsamy Silver 2007 Sports administration
Manhattan Brothers Silver 2007 Music (jazz)
William Kentridge Silver 2007 Visual arts and theatre
Percy Montgomery Silver 2008 Rugby
Bryan Habana Silver 2008 Rugby
Stanley Hlekani Sono Silver 2008 Football and boxing
Patrick Ntsoelengoe Silver 2008 Football
Makhaya Ntini Silver 2008 Cricket
Shaun Pollock Silver 2008 Cricket
Gobingca George Mxadana Silver 2008 Music (choral music)
Sibongile Khumalo Silver 2008 Music (jazz and opera)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Silver 2008 Music
Lionel Morrison Silver 2008 Journalism
Peter Abrahams Silver 2008 Literature
Alfred Hutchinson Silver 2008 Literature
Miriam Tlali Silver 2008 Literature
Keorapetse Kgositsile Silver 2008 Literature (poetry)
Lauretta Ngcobo Silver 2008 Literature
Lewis Nkosi Silver 2008 Literature
Zakes Mokae Silver 2008 Performing arts
Ronnie Govender Silver 2008 Theatre
Barbara Jurgens (née Tyrell) Silver 2008 Visual arts
Abdullah Ibrahim Silver 2009 Music [5]
Caiphus Semenya Silver 2009 Music [5]
Letta Mbulu Silver 2009 Music [5]
Jan Rabie Silver 2009 Literature [5]
Winston Ntshona Silver 2010 Theatre and arts
Makana Football Association Silver 2010 Football
Grant Khomo Silver 2010 Rugby
Ernst van Dyk Silver 2010 Wheelchair racing
Nothembi Mkhwebane Silver 2010 Music in Ndebele
Percy Qoboza Silver 2010 Journalism
David Goldblatt Silver 2011 Photography
Marlene van Niekerk Silver 2011 Literature and philosophy
Ray Phiri Silver 2011 Music
Busi Mhlongo Silver 2011 Music
Josiah Thugwane Silver 2011 Athletics
Mannie Manim Silver 2011 Theatre
Doc Bikitsha Silver 2011 Journalism and literature
Johnny Clegg Silver 2012 Music [6]
Muthal Naidoo Silver 2012 Literature and drama [6]
Cheeky Watson Silver 2012 Rugby [6]
Joe Thloloe Silver 2012 Journalism and literature [6]
Gladys Faith Algulhas Silver 2012 Performing arts [6]
Chad le Clos Silver 2013 Swimming
Kaizer Motaung Silver 2013 Football
Ilse Hayes Silver 2013 Athletics
Pretty Yende Silver 2013 Music (opera)
Vusi Mahlasela Silver 2013 Music
Zolani Mkiva Silver 2013 Praise poetry
Victor Ntoni Silver 2014 Music (jazz)
Lindiwe Mabuza Silver 2014 Cultural activism
Sandra Prinsloo Silver 2014 Performing arts
Rashid Lombard Silver 2014 Music (jazz administration)
Zakes Mda Silver 2014 Literature
Lucas Sithole Silver 2014 Tennis
Cameron van der Burgh Silver 2014 Swimming
Fanie van der Merwe Silver 2014 Athletics
Jomo Sono Silver 2014 Football
Darius Dhlomo Silver 2015 Football and boxing
Mbulelo Mzamane Silver 2015 Literature
Johnny Mekoa Silver 2015 Music (jazz)
Winnie Busisiwe Mahlangu Silver 2015 Radio broadcasting
Marguerite Poland Silver 2016 Literature and anthropology [7]
Sylvia "Magogo" Glasser Silver 2016 Dance [7]
Thomas Chauke Silver 2016 Music in Tsonga [7]
Zinjiva Winston Nkondo Silver 2017 Literature (poetry) and radio broadcasting
John Smith Silver 2017 Rowing
Matthew Brittain Silver 2017 Rowing
James Thompson Silver 2017 Rowing
Sizwe Ndlovu Silver 2017 Rowing
Khaba Mkhize Silver 2017 Journalism
Jeff Opland Silver 2017 History
Nakedi Ribane Silver 2018 Performing arts and literature
Hashim Amla Silver 2018 Cricket
John Smit Silver 2018 Rugby
Elana Meyer Silver 2018 Athletics
Neil Tovey Silver 2018 Football
Eric Risimati Baloyi Silver 2018 Boxing coaching
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse Silver 2018 Music
Johan Botha Silver 2018 Music (opera)
Omar Badsha Silver 2018 History
John Koenakeefe Motlhankana Silver 2018 Visual arts
Thami Mnyele Silver 2018 Visual arts
Lillian Dube Silver 2018 Performing arts
Achmat Davids Silver 2019 Literature
Jacques Kallis Silver 2019 Cricket
Yvonne Chaka Chaka Silver 2019 Music
Nomhle Nkonyeni Silver 2019 Performing arts
Mary Twala Silver 2019 Performing arts
Benjamin Pogrund Silver 2019 Journalism
Mathatha Tsedu Silver 2019 Journalism
Fee Halsted-Berning Silver 2021 Visual arts [8]
Rebecca Malope Silver 2021 Music (gospel) [8]
Arthur Mayisela Silver 2021 Boxing [8]
Keith Gottschalk Silver 2023 Literature (poetry) [9]
Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa Silver 2023 Visual arts [9]
Duma Ndlovu Silver 2023 Film and television [9]
Mthuthuzeli Ben Nomoyi Silver 2023 Film and television [9]
Mfundi Vundla Silver 2023 Film and television [9]
Freek Robinson Silver 2023 Journalism [9]
Gerrie Coetzee Bronze 2003 Boxing
Goolam Abed Bronze 2003 Rugby and cricket
Victor Ralushai Bronze 2004 History
Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph Bronze 2004 Music
Teboho Mokgalagadi Bronze 2005 Athletics
Marjorie Wallace Bronze 2005 Visual arts
Mildred Mangxola Bronze 2005 Music
Mahlathini Simon Nkabinde Bronze 2005 Music
Hilda Tloubatla Bronze 2005 Music
Nobesuthu Mbadu Bronze 2005 Music
Herbert Charles Woodhouse Bronze 2006 History (rock art)
Sibusiso Vilane Bronze 2006 Mountaineering
Matlhaela Michael Masote Bronze 2006 Music (choral)
Christian Ashley-Botha Bronze 2006 Music (choral)
Oscar Pistorius Bronze 2006 Athletics
Khotso Mokoena Bronze 2009 Athletics [5]
Sindiwe Magona Bronze 2011 Literature
Sam Nzima Bronze 2011 Photojournalism
Thokozani Mandlenkosi Ernest Nene Bronze 2011 Zulu language and culture
Caster Semenya Bronze 2014 Athletics
Mbulaeni Mulaudzi Bronze 2015 Athletics
Themba Patrick Magaisa Bronze 2015 Literature
Laurika Rauch Bronze 2016 Music
Arthur Nuthall Fula Bronze 2017 Literature
Elsa Meyer Bronze 2018 Athletics (senior)
John Arthur Black Bronze 2023 Mountaineering [9]
Warren Neil Eva Bronze 2023 Mountaineering [9]
Mike Horn Bronze 2023 Mountaineering [9]
Irene Mawela Bronze 2023 Performing arts [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Order of Ikhamanga". The Presidency. Republic of South Africa. Archived from the original on 20 April 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The Order of Ikhamanga". The Presidency. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "National Orders Booklet 2003". The Presidency. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q "National Orders awards 29 October 2004". South African Government. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "'Not easy to build united nation'". News24. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Media statement by the Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi". The Presidency. 23 April 2012. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e "President Jacob Zuma bestows 2016 National Orders Awards, 28 Apr". South African Government. 20 April 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Presidency announces recipients of National Orders". South African Government. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Announcement of the 2023 National Order Awards nominated names by Director-General of The Presidency, Phindile Baleni". The Presidency. 16 April 2023. Archived from the original on 20 April 2023. Retrieved 2 May 2023.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "National Orders awards 27 September 2005". South African Government. Retrieved 14 November 2023.

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