South African Medals Website
South Africa, and the former homelands and South West Africa
Arthur Radburn Online since 2001
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.