The Order of Mapungubwe is awarded
to South African citizens for achievements
that have impacted internationally
and served the interests of the Republic of
South Africa. The first and highest
category of this Order is awarded in
platinum. Other catergories are Gold,
Silver and Bronze.
The Order of the Baobab is awarded
to South African citizens for distinguished
service. It is an award for contributions in
the following areas:
•Business and the economy
•Science, medicine and
The Order of the Companions of
O R Tambo is awarded to foreign
nationals (Heads of State and Government)
and other foreign dignitaries. It is
awarded for friendship shown to South
Africa. It is therefore an order of peace,
co-operation and active expression of
solidarity and support.
The Order of Luthuli is awarded
to South Africans who have made a
meaningful contribution to the struggle for
democracy, human rights, nation-building,
justice, peace and conflict resolution.
It symbolises the vision of the late Chief
Albert Luthuli – the legendary liberation
struggle leader and first African recipient of the
Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.
The Order of Mendi for Bravery is
awarded to South African citizens who have
performed an extraordinary act of bravery
that placed their lives in great danger, or
who lost their own lives saving or trying to
save the life of another person, the life of
another person, or by saving property.