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The Order of the Baobab
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Awarded by

"President of South Africa
Type "National Order
Eligibility South African citizens
Awarded for Service
Status Currently constituted
  • Supreme Counsellor (SCOB)
  • Grand Counsellor (GCOB)
  • Counsellor (COB)
First induction 10 December 2002
Total inductees 100
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Ribbon section

The Order of the Baobab is a "South African civilian national honour, awarded to those for service in business and the economy; science, medicine, and for technological innovation; and community service. It was instituted on 6 December 2002, and is awarded annually by the "President of South Africa. The order is named after the "baobab tree, which was chosen as a symbol because of its endurance and tolerance, its vitality, its importance in agro-forestry systems, and its use as a meeting place in traditional African societies.[1]

Until the "Order of Luthuli and the "Order of Ikhamanga were established in 2004, the Order of the Baobab also covered service in the fields now covered by those orders.


Current classes[edit]

The three classes of appointment to the Order are, in descending order of precedence:


The central motif is a baobab tree, one of the oldest trees in Africa, with roots symbolising longevity. The badge is bordered by a "nonagon shape, a nine-sided polygon, with each side representing one of the nine South African "provinces. It represents the many different areas of possible contribution and service, in building a prosperous nation. The roughly rectangular shaped plaque, is textured to represent the baobab tree bark that is commonly used to make mats and hats. [2]

The ribbon is gold, with recurring cream-coloured baobab silhouettes down the centre. All three classes are worn around the neck. The "South African coat of arms is displayed on the reverse of the badge.


These are all the recipients, in order of most recent:[1]

Name Grade Date awarded
"Prof. Emeritus James David Lewis-Williams SCOB 18 December 2015
"Frank Dutton SCOB 2012
Otto Stehlik GCOB 18 December 2015
"Dr. Andrew Ross GCOB 18 December 2015
"Dr. Mary Susan Makobatjatji Malahlela GCOB 17 December 2015
Douglas John Anderson GCOB 17 December 2015
"J. Yvonne Mokgoro COB 17 December 2015
Dr. Sayed Mohamed Ridwan Mia GCOB 29 May 2014
"Herbert William Garnet De La Hunt GCOB 29 April 2014
"Colin Wells Eglin GCOB 29 April 2014
"David Jacobus Bosch GCOB 29 April 2014
Yusuf Abramjee GCOB 29 April 2014
Suraya Khan COB 29 April 2014
Nontsikelelo Qwelane COB 29 April 2014
The Revd Phambani Jeremiah Mzimba SCOB 27 April 2011
"The Rt Revd David Patrick Russell GCOB 27 April 2011
William Sinclair Winship GCOB 27 April 2011
Nowongile Cynthia Molo COB 27 April 2011
Reginald Dudley Forde COB 27 April 2011
"Imtiaz Sooliman GCOB 27 April 2010
"James Mata Dwane SCOB 27 April 2010
"Lord Joel Joffe GCOB 27 April 2010
Malebone Susan Luthuli GCOB 27 April 2010
Malefu Mphathane GCOB 27 April 2010
Vincent Naidoo GCOB 27 April 2010
"The Revd Dr Barney Pityana GCOB[3] 2006

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Order of the Baobab". The Presidency South Africa. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Order of the Baobab". SA History. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Barney Pityana (1945–)". The Presidency, The Republic of South Africa. Retrieved 2016-01-29. 

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