Order of Ikhamanga

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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
  • Gold (OIG)
  • Silver (OIS)
  • Bronze (OIB)
1000px ribbon bar of the Order of Ikhamanga.svg
Ribbon of the order

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 Strelitzia reginae, a flower.


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.





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  1. ^ "The Order of Ikhamanga". The Presidency. Republic of South Africa. Archived from the original on 20 April 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2007.
  2. ^ "The Presidency | The Order of Ikhamanga". Archived from the original on 24 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Willie Bester (1956 - ) | the Presidency".
  4. ^ "The Presidency | Print Article | Media statement by the Chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius Lubisi". www.thepresidency.gov.za. Archived from the original on 11 October 2016.

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