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Yvonne Muthien

The Order of the Baobab in

Yvonne Muthien Awarded for:
Leadership and exceptional contribution to the development of a new inclusive national identity.

Profile of Yvonne Muthien

Call her the mother of the national symbols. Dr. Yvonne Muthien currently serves as Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Council for National Orders under President Thabo Mbeki. She served former President Nelson Mandela in the same capacity.

She was mandated by the Advisory Council to head a technical committee to review the system of national orders: a task that she performed with zeal and great results.

The process that she led finally produced three new Orders: The Order of Mapungubwe (for singular and unique achievement), The Order of Baobab (for unique and dedicated service to the country) and the Order of the Companions of Oliver Tambo (for foreign dignitaries). The new designs are inspired by indigenous history and symbols and have broken new ground in international heraldry.

She has made this exceptional contribution together with her colleagues in the Presidential Advisory Council as part of service to the nation.