The Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo


The late Oliver Reginald Tambo played a central role in the freedom struggle against apartheid, and dedicated his life to overthrowing the apartheid regime. He was known for his gentle character and compassionate qualities. His leadership of the struggle against apartheid, at an international level, galvanised world opinion against the apartheid regime. His benevolence and personal concern for the plight of freedom fighters and their conditions in the field endeared him to thousands of liberation fighters.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded in three categories to eminent foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa. It is therefore concerned primarily with matters of peace, cooperation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.

In the design of the main badge of this Order, the enveloping and watchful eye of the majola symbolises the active expression of solidarity and support for South Africa.

In African mythology, the majola (mole snake) visits babies in a spirit of benevolence. The snake comes as a friend and protector to prepare the baby for a successful and safe adult life. The mole snake can be aggressive and can give painful bites but is non-venomous. The majola’s visitation is seen as an active expression of solidarity and support, encouraging long-term success of the young and, by extension, the human race.

In the centre is a tomoye of four sections, inspired by the universal ying and yang that speak of a meeting point for diverse spiritual energies. This is enclosed by north and south pointers representing the relationship between countries of the north and countries of the south.

The Order of the Companions of OR Tambo comprises four 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);
  • a lapel rosette (also in gold, silver or bronze);
  • and a wooden ceremonial staff incorporating an entwined mole snake.

The stick, carved out of dark, indigenous wood, symbolises appreciation for the support and solidarity shown, and also a commitment to support and stand by the recipient in return.

The Supreme Companion of OR Tambo in gold is awarded to those who have actively promoted the interests and aspirations of South Africa through excellent cooperation and active expression of solidarity and support.

The Grand Companion of OR Tambo in silver is awarded to those who have actively promoted the interests and aspirations of South Africa through outstanding cooperation, solidarity and support.

The Companion of OR Tambo in bronze is awarded to those who have actively promoted the interests and aspirations of the Republic through cooperation, solidarity and support.

 

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Lars Nordbo

Recipient - Silver

21 December 2015

Prof Gay McDougall

Recipient - Silver

21 December 2015

Ambassador Vladimir Kazimirov

Recipient - Silver

21 December 2015

Peter Gerald Hain

Recipient - Silver

21 December 2015

Prof Gareth Evans

Recipient - Silver

21 December 2015

Dr Lim Kok Wing

Recipient - Silver

17 December 2015

Ambassador Andrey Yurievich Urnov

Recipient - Silver

17 December 2015

Brian Mulroney

Recipient - Gold

17 December 2015

General Hashim Mbita

Recipient - Gold

17 December 2015

Giuseppe Soncini (Posthumous)

Recipient -

29 May 2014

Percival Noel James Patterson

Recipient - Gold

30 April 2014

Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson

Recipient - Silver

30 April 2014

Enuga Screenivasulu Reddy (India)

Recipient - Silver

30 April 2014

Dina Forti

Recipient

30 April 2014

Luis Inácio Lula da Silva (1945 - )

Recipient - Gold

27 April 2011

Andrew Jackson Young (1932 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2011

Viacheslav “Ivan” Shiryaev (1938 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2011

Hélène Passtoors (1942 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2011

George Houser (1916 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2010

Vernon Berrange

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2010

Hebert and Joy Kaiser

Recipient - Silver

27 April 2010

Joseph Sepp Blatter (1936 - )

Recipient - Gold

27 April 2010

President José Eduardo dos Santos (1942 - )

Recipient - Gold

27 April 2010

Issa Hayatou (1946 - )

Recipient - Gold

27 April 2010

Jacques Rogge

Recipient - Gold

27 April 2010

Andimba Toivo ya Toivo (1924 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 March 2009

Bengt  Säve-Söderbergh (1940 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 March 2009

Marcelino  dos Santos (1929 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 March 2009

Sadako  Ogata (1927 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 March 2009

Christian Krause (1940 - )

Recipient - Silver

27 March 2009

Jennifer  Davis (1933 - )

Recipient - Bronze

27 March 2009

Fidel Alejandro  Castro Ruz (1926 - )

Recipient - Gold

27 March 2009

Harry Belafonte (1927 - )

Recipient - Silver

22 April 2008

Ronald Dellums (1935 - )

Grand Companion in Silver

22 April 2008

Chief Emeka Anyaoku (1933 - )

Recipient - Silver

22 April 2008

Linda Biehl (1943 - )

Recipient - Bronze

22 April 2008

Per Wästberg (1933 - )

Recipient - Silver

22 April 2008

Philip Potter (1921 - )

Recipient - Silver

22 April 2008

Vengalil Krishnan Krishna Menon (1897 - 1974)

Recipient - Silver

22 April 2008

Harold George ‘Harry’  Belafonte (1927 - )

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Mandlenkosi Aloysius Isaac  Zwane (1932 - 1980)

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Canon L John  Collins (1905 - 1982)

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Michael Kitso Dingake (1928 - )

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Dr Ali Al Amin  Mazrui (1933 - )

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Shridath ‘Sonny’ Surendranath  Ramphal (1928 - )

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Dr Eric Eustace  Williams (1911 - 1981)

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Chief Joseph Leabua  Jonathan (1914 - 1987)

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

Salman  El-Herfi (1944 - )

Recipient - Gold

24 April 2007

King  Moshoeshoe II (1938 - 1996)

Recipient - Gold

20 April 2006

King  Sobhuza II (1899 - 1982)

Recipient - Gold

20 April 2006

Seretse  Khama (1921 - 1980)

Recipient - Gold

20 April 2006

Modibo Keita (1915 - 1977)

Recipient - Gold

20 April 2006

Anthony  Sampson (1926 - 2004)

Recipient - Silver

20 April 2006

Sotiris Mousouris (1936 - )

Recipient - Silver

20 April 2006

Sheik Yusuf (1626 - 1699)

Recipient - Gold

27 September 2005

Vladimir Gennadyevich Shubin (1939 - )

Recipient - Silver

26 April 2005

Jawaharlal  Nehru (1889 - 1964)

Recipient - Silver

26 April 2005

Motsamai Keyecwe Mpho (1921 - )

Recipient - Silver

26 April 2005

Ahmed  Sukarno (1901 - 1970)

Recipient - Gold

26 April 2005

Dr Cheddi  Jagan (1918 - 1997)

Recipient - Gold

26 April 2005

Gamal Abdel Nasser (1918 - 1970)

Recipient - Gold

29 December 2004

Ahmed Sékou Touré (1922 - 1984)

Recipient - Gold

29 December 2004

Trevor Richards (1946 - )

Recipient - Gold

29 December 2004

Lennart Johasson (1920 - )

Recipient - Gold

29 December 2004

The Executive Committee of the Federation of International Football Association

Recipient - Gold

29 December 2004

Boudewijn Sjollema (1927 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Ahmed Ben Bella (1916 - )

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Patrice  Lumumba (1925 - 1961)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Martin Luther  King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Michael Norman Manley (1924 - 1997)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Robert (Bob)  Hughes (1932 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Grogoriyevich Vassili Solodovnikov (1918 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Martti Oiva Kalevi  Ahtisaari (1937 - )

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Salvador  Allende (1908 - 1973)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Kofi  Annan (1938 - )

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Salim Ahmed  Salim (1942 - )

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Maxine  Waters (1938 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Thorvald Stoltenberg (1931 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Reiulf Steen (1933 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Amilcar Cabral (1924 - 1973)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Julius  Nyerere (1922 - 1999)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Kwame Nkrumah (1909 - 1972)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Agostinho Neto (1922 - 1979)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Barbara Castle (1910 - 2002)

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Ramesh Chandra (1919 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Ernst Michanek (1919 - )

Recipient - Silver

16 June 2004

Eduardo Chivambo Mondlane (1920 - 1969)

Recipient - Gold

16 June 2004

Mahatma Ghandi (1869 - 1948)

Recipient - Gold

10 December 2002

Kenneth David Kaunda (1924 - )

Recipient - Gold

10 December 2002

Olof Palme (1927 - 1986)

Recipient - Gold

10 December 2002

 
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