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Other decorations and medals
Other decorations and medals : overview
THE government recognises not only official orders, decorations, and medals, but also awards given to South Africans by local authorities, statutory bodies, and private institutions, and by foreign governments.
Local authorities A number of South African municipalities award medals to their uniformed personnel, e.g. firemen and traffic officers, and to local citizens. However, the medals may not be worn together with official awards, unless presidential approval has been obtained.
Statutory bodies A few statutory bodies, i.e. semi-state organisations established by Acts of Parliament, award medals. They may not be worn together with official awards, unless presidential approval has been obtained.
Private institutions Quite a few private institutions award medals to their members and supporters. They may not be worn together with official decorations and medals.
British and foreign governments From August 1814 to May 1961, South Africans were eligible for orders, decorations and medals under the British honours system. Over the years, too, many South Africans have been honoured by other governments. Provided that government approval has been given to accept these awards, they may be worn with official South African awards, as set out in the table of precedence.