Honours system
October 2013

South African honours system : overview

Historical development — An overview of the history of orders, decorations and medals in South Africa since the 17th century.

Legal aspects — An overview of the legal aspects of the honours system, i.e. the 'fount of honour', precedence, post-nominal letters, forfeiture of awards, offences, and restrictions on the disposal of insignia.

Categories of awards — An overview of the different categories of award which make up the honours system.

Precedence (order of wearing) — An outline of the official tables of precedence that have been issued over the years.

Post-nominal letters — An alphabetical listing of post-nominal letters which the recipients of various orders and decorations may use.

Literature — A bibliography of books and articles dealing with South African honours and awards.

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