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The Order of the Baobab

This Order takes its inspiration from what is seen by some to be the oldest life form in Africa, the Baobab tree, whose endemic distribution and peculiar appearance and features have made it emblematic of the tropical African landscape. Its sparse branch and leaf system (relative to its massively wide trunk) gives the Baobab (Adonsonia Digitata) the appearance, when viewed from a distance, of being permanently uprooted. In closer proximity, the Baobab, with its colossal wide trunk – sometimes exceeding a diameter of five metres – supported by the broad and strong protruding root system supporting it, has the effect of suggesting a gigantic refuge from the sun or rain. Indeed, in traditional African societies, it is often the place for meetings, shelter and rest.

While the origin of its name is lost in the many rich legends and myths of Africa, the Baobab is probably the most described tree on the continent. The oldest living Baobab is estimated to be more than 3 000 years old. The Baobab is well known for its magical powers and symbolic value to many indigenous African people, as well as its functional usefulness. The Baobab bark is used to make mats, hats, cloth and rope; its fruits are eaten; and its wood burnt as fuel.

The age and utility of this tree suggest endurance, wisdom, endowment and bounty. It perfectly symbolises the sustained and exceptional service to South Africa that is recognised by the award of the Order of the Baobab, as well as the enduring and growing status of South Africans resulting from service thus rendered.

The central motif of the Order is the image of the Baobab tree enclosed in a nine-sided polygon, which symbolises the nine provinces of our country as well as the many different areas of possible contribution and service to the nation. The exterior shape and texture are reminiscent of the bark on the trunk of the Baobab tree.

Recipients of the Order of the Baobab receive an award of three elements:

  • a neck badge (a gold, silver or bronze medallion on a neck band);
  • a miniature (a miniature gold, silver or bronze medallion for wearing as a brooch or on the breast pocket);
  • and a lapel rosette (also in gold, silver or bronze).

Recipients of the Order are entitled to indicate that they have been invested with the relevant category of the Order by the use of the following post-nominal letters:

  • GCOB for recipients of the Supreme Counsellor of the Baobab (Gold)
  • GCOB for recipients of the Grand Counsellor of the Baobab (Silver)
  • COB for recipients of the Counsellor of the Baobab (Bronze).

The Order of the Baobab is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service in the fields of: business and the economy; science, medicine, and for technological innovation; and community service.

The Supreme Counsellor of the Baobab in Gold is awarded for exceptional service.

The second category, Grand Counsellor of the Baobab in Silver, is awarded for excellent service, while the Counsellor of the Baobab in Bronze is awarded for outstanding service.
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Recipients

2017

Recipient:
Gold
28 April 2017
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Silver
28 April 2017
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Silver
28 April 2017
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Bronze
28 April 2017
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Bronze
28 April 2017

2016

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Gold
18 August 2016
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Silver
18 August 2016
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Silver
18 August 2016

2015

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Gold
18 December 2015
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Silver
18 December 2015
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Silver
18 December 2015

2015

Recipient:
Silver
17 December 2015
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Silver
17 December 2015
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Bronze
17 December 2015

2014

Recipient:
Silver
29 May 2014

2014

Recipient:
Silver
29 April 2014
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Silver
29 April 2014
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Silver
29 April 2014
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Silver
29 April 2014
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Bronze
29 April 2014
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Bronze
29 April 2014

2011

Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2011

2011

Recipient:
Silver
27 April 2011
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Silver
27 April 2011
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Silver
27 April 2011
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Bronze
27 April 2011

2010

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2010
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Gold
23 May 2010
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Gold
23 May 2010
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Silver
23 May 2010
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Silver
23 May 2010
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Silver
23 May 2010
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Silver
23 May 2010

2009

Recipient:
Silver
23 May 2009
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Silver
23 May 2009
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Silver
23 May 2009
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Silver
23 May 2009
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Silver
23 May 2009
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Bronze
23 May 2009
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Bronze
23 May 2009
Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2009
Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2009

2008

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2008
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Gold
23 May 2008
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Gold
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Silver
23 May 2008
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Bronze
23 May 2008
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Bronze
23 May 2008
Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2008

2007

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2007
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Gold
23 May 2007
Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2007
Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2007
Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2007
Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2007

2007

Recipient:
Gold
27 April 2007

2006

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2006
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Silver
23 May 2006
Recipient:
Silver
23 May 2006
Recipient:
Silver
23 May 2006
Recipient:
Silver
23 May 2006
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Bronze
23 May 2006
Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2006
Recipient:
Bronze
23 May 2006

2006

Recipient:
Gold
27 April 2006

2005

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2005
Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2005

2005

Recipient:
Gold
26 April 2005
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Silver
26 April 2005
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Silver
26 April 2005
Recipient:
Silver
26 April 2005
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Bronze
26 April 2005

2004

Recipient:
Gold
16 June 2004
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Silver
16 June 2004
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Silver
16 June 2004
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Silver
16 June 2004
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Silver
16 June 2004
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Bronze
16 June 2004
Recipient:
Bronze
16 June 2004
Recipient:
Bronze
16 June 2004
Recipient:
Bronze
16 June 2004

2004

Recipient:
Gold
23 May 2004

2002

Recipient:
Gold
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Gold
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Gold
20 December 2002
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Gold
20 December 2002
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Gold
20 December 2002
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Gold
20 December 2002
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Gold
20 December 2002
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Silver
20 December 2002
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Silver
20 December 2002
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Silver
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Silver
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Silver
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Silver
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Silver
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Bronze
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Bronze
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Bronze
20 December 2002
Recipient:
Bronze
20 December 2002