Honours system
June 2009

Post–nominal letters

IN keeping with the British tradition, recipients of the more important South African honours and awards are granted the privilege of placing letters behind their names.

To avoid having different sets of initials in the different official languages, many awards have initials based on Latin translations of their names.

ABC | DEF | GHI | JKL | MNO | PQR | STU | VWXYZ

A B C

AAD – Ad Astra Decoration

BMM – Azanian People's Liberation Army Bronze Medal for Merit

BSS – Azanian People's Liberation Army Bravery Star in Silver

CA – Air Force Cross ('Crux Aeronautica') (letters authorised in 1993)

CC – SA Medical Services Cross ('Crux Curationis') (letters authorised in 1993)

CDM – Ciskei Decoration for Merit

CGH – Castle of Good Hope Decoration (never awarded)

CLS – uMkhonto we Sizwe Conspicuous Leadership Star

CM – Army Cross ('Crux Militaria') (letters authorised in 1993)

CN – Navy Cross ('Crux Navalis') (letters authorised in 1993)

COB – Order of the Baobab: Counsellor

COT – Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo: Companion (letters authorised in 2005)

CPF – Department of Correctional Services Cross for Valour: Ruby ('Crux Pro Fortitudinis')

CPM – Department of Correctional Services Cross for Merit ('Crux Pro Merito')

CPV – (1) Decoration for Valour in the SA Prisons Service ('Custodi Pro Virtute') – (2) Department of Correctional Services Cross for Valour: Diamond ('Crux Pro Virtute') (never awarded) – (3) KwaZulu Correctional Services Cross for Gallantry – (4) Venda Prisons Service Gallantry Cross

CSSA – Order of the Star of SA (Non–Military): Commander (letters authorised in 2005)

CT – Order of Transkei: Commander

CV – National Intelligence Service Cross for Valour: Gold ('Crux Virtus')

CVS – National Intelligence Service Cross for Valour: Silver ('Crux Virtus Silver')

D E F

DB – Dekorasie vir Bekwaamheid (Afrikaans equivalent of ED (1))

(DCM – While these post-nominal letters were authorised for the British Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1918, they were not authorised for the South African issue of the medal. Nevertheless, these post-nominal letters appear in some South African reference works.)

DMG – uMkhonto we Sizwe Decoration for Merit in Gold

DMS – Decoration for Meritorious Service

DSB – Intelligence Services Distinguished Service Medal: Bronze

DSG – Intelligence Services Distinguished Service Medal: Gold

DSS – Intelligence Services Distinguished Service Medal: Silver

DTD – Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst

DTM – Danie Theron Medal (letters authorised in 1993)

DVD – Dekorasie vir Voortreflike Diens (Afrikaans equivalent of DMS)

DVR – Van Riebeeck Decoration

DWD – De Wet Decoration (letters suspended from 1977 to 1986)

ED – (1) Efficiency Decoration – (2) National Intelligence Service Decoration for Outstanding Leadership ('Excellentis Ductus')

G H I

GCG – [Venda Defence Force] Gallantry Cross: Gold

GCS – [Venda Defence Force] Gallantry Cross: Silver

GCOB – Order of the Baobab: Grand Counsellor

GCOT – Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo: Grand Companion (letters authorised in 2005)

GCT – Order of Transkei: Grand Cross

GDM – Azanian People's Liberation Army Gold Decoration for Merit

GOT – Order of Transkei: Grand Officer

GSB – Azanian People's Liberation Army Gold Star for Bravery

HC – (1) Honoris Crux – 1st Type – (2) Honoris Crux – 2nd Type

HCD – Honoris Crux Diamond

HCG – Honoris Crux Gold

HCS – Honoris Crux Silver

IF – SA Railways Police Cross for Valour ('Insigne Fortitudinis')

J K L

JCD – John Chard Decoration (letters suspended from 1977 to 1986)

JHM – Jack Hindon Medal (letters authorised in 1993, 18 years after the medal had been discontinued)

(KPM – While these post-nominal letters were authorised for the British King's Police Medal in 1969, they were not authorised for the South African issue of the medal. Nevertheless, these post-nominal letters appear in some South African reference works.)

LWD – Louw Wepener Decoration

LWM – Louw Wepener Medal

M N O

MMB – uMkhonto we Sizwe Medal for Merit in Bronze

MMM – Military Merit Medal (letters authorised when the medal was renamed in 1993)

MMS – uMkhonto we Sizwe Medal for Merit in Silver

MPBG – Municipal/Metropolitan Police Service Gold Cross for Bravery

MPGS – Municipal/Metropolitan Police Service Gold Decoration for Outstanding Service

MPSB – Municipal/Metropolitan Police Service Silver Cross for Bravery

MPSS – Municipal/Metropolitan Police Service Silver Decoration for Outstanding Service

MSSA – Order of the Star of SA (Non–Military): Member (letters authorised in 2005)

MT – Order of Transkei: Member

MV – Intelligence Services Medal for Valour

NB – Nkwe ya Boronse ('Bronze Leopard')

NG – Nkwe ya Gauta ('Golden Leopard')

NKN – [Ciskei] Order of Ntaba ka Ndoda

NS – Nkwe ya Selefera ('Silver Leopard')

OD – National Intelligence Service Decoration for Distinguished Leadership ('Optimi Ductus')

OIB – Order of Ikhamanga: Bronze

OIG – Order of Ikhamanga: Gold

OIS – Order of Ikhamanga: Silver

OLB – Order of Luthuli: Bronze

OLG – Order of Luthuli: Gold

OLM – Intelligence Services Outstanding Leadership Medal

OLS – Order of Luthuli: Silver

OMB – Order of Mapungubwe: Bronze

OMBB – Order of Mendi for Bravery: Bronze

OMBG – Order of Mendi for Bravery: Gold

OMBS – Order of Mendi for Bravery: Silver

OMG – Order of Mapungubwe: Gold

OMP – Order of Mapungubwe: Platinum

OMS – Order of Mapungubwe: Silver

OMSG – Order for Meritorious Service: Gold

OMSS – Order for Meritorious Service: Silver

OO – National Intelligence Service Medal for Distinguished Service: Gold ('Officii Optimi')

OOB – National Intelligence Service Medal for Distinguished Service: Bronze ('Officii Optimi Bronze')

OOS – National Intelligence Service Medal for Distinguished Service: Silver ('Officii Optimi Silver')

OSG – Order of the Southern Cross: Gold

OSS – Order of the Southern Cross: Silver

OSSA – Order of the Star of SA (Non–Military): Officer (letters authorised in 2005)

OT – Order of Transkei: Officer

OVDG – Orde vir Voortreflike Diens: Goud (Afrikaans equivalent of OMSG)

OVDS – Orde vir Voortreflike Diens: Silwer (Afrikaans equivalent of OMSS)

P Q R

PB – iPhrothiya yeBhronzi ('Bronze Protea')

PCF – (1) SA Police Cross for Bravery – 1st Type ('Praefecturae Crux Fortitudinis') – (2) SA Police Cross for Bravery – 2nd Type – (3) Venda National Force Gallantry Cross – (4) Venda Police Gallantry Cross

PCFG – (1) SA Police Cross for Bravery Gold ('Praefecturae Crux Fortitudinis Gold') – (2) SA Police Service Gold Cross for Bravery

PCFS – (1) SA Police Cross for Bravery Silver ('Praefecturae Crux Fortitudinis Silver') – (2) SA Police Service Silver Cross for Bravery

PG – iPhrothiya yeGolide ('Golden Protea')

PGC – Ciskei Prisons Service Cross for Gallantry

PMD – Pro Merito Decoration

PMM – (1) Pro Merito Medal – 1st Type – (2) Pro Merito Medal – 2nd Type (letters authorised in 1993)

PS – iPhrothiya yeSiliva ('Silver Protea')

PSD – Ciskei Prisons Service Star for Distinction

PSE – Ciskei Prisons Serive Star for Excellence

PSM – Ciskei Prisons Service Star for Merit

PVD – Pro Virtute Decoration

PVM – Pro Virtute Medal

(QPM – While these post-nominal letters were authorised for the British Queen's Police Medal in 1969, they were not authorised for the South African issue of the medal. Nevertheless, these post-nominal letters appear in some South African reference works.)

RYGT – Bophuthatswana Police Cross for Bravery ('Re Ya Go Tlotla')

S T U

SBG – uMkhonto we Sizwe Star for Bravery in Gold

SBS – uMkhonto we Sizwe Star for Bravery in Silver

SCG – SA Police Silver Cross for Gallantry

SCL – Azanian People's Liberation Army Star for Conspicuous Leadership

SCOB – Order of the Baobab: Supreme Counsellor

SCOT – Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo: Supreme Companion (letters authorised in 2005)

SD – (1) Southern Cross Decoration – (2) [Ciskei] Sandile Decoration

SDE – SA Railways Police Star for Distinguished Devotion ('Stella Diligentiae Egregiae')

SED – (1) SA Police Star for Distinguished Leadership ('Stella Excellentis Ductus') – (2) KwaZulu Police Star for Distinguished Leadership

SEE – SA Railways Police Star for Distinguished Leadership ('Stella Eximii Emperii')

SKD – SA Polisie Silwerkruis vir Dapperheid (Afrikaans equivalent of SCG)

SM – (1) Southern Cross Medal – 1st Type – (2) Southern Cross Medal – 2nd Type (letters authorised in 1993) – (3) [Ciskei] Sandile Medal

SMM – Azanian People's Liberation Army Silver Medal for Merit

SMO – Decoration for Distinguished [or Outstanding] Service in the SA Railways Police Force ('Stella Muneris Optimi')

SOE – (1) SA Police Star for Outstanding Service ('Stella Officii Egregii') – (2) SWA Police Star for Outstanding Service – (3) Venda National Force Outstanding Service Medal – (4) Venda Police Star for Outstanding Service

SOEG – SA Police Service Gold Medal for Outstanding Service ('Stella Officii Egregii Gold')

SOES – SA Police Service Silver Medal for Outstanding Service ('Stella Officii Egregii Silver')

SOO – (1) SA Police Star for Distinguished Service – 1st Type ('Stella Officii Optimi') – (2) SA Police Star for Distinguished Service – 2nd Type – (3) SWA Police Star for Distinguished Service – (4) Bophuthatswana Police Medal for Outstanding Leadership – (5) KwaZulu Police Star for Distinguished Service – (6) Venda National Force Distinguished Service Medal – (7) Venda Police Distinguished Service Decoration

SPA – KwaZulu Correctional Services Star for Excellence

SPDE – Ciskei Police Star for Distinguished Leadership ('Stella Pro Duce Excellentis')

SPE – Department of Correctional Services Star for Excellence ('Stella Pro Excellentia')

SPM – (1) Department of Correctional Services Star for Merit ('Stella Pro Merito') – (2) KwaZulu Correctional Services Star for Merit – (3) Venda Prisons Service Distinguished Service Medal: Silver

SPME – Ciskei Police Star for Distinguished Service ('Stella Pro Meritis Excellentibus')

SPO – (1) Department of Correctional Services Star for Distinction ('Stella Pro Optimo') – (2) KwaZulu Correctional Services Star for Distinction – (3) Venda Prisons Service Distinguished Service Medal: Gold

SSA – (1) Star of South Africa – (2) Order of the Star of South Africa (Military): Gold – (3) Order of the Star of South Africa (Non–Military): Grand Cross (letters authorised in 1987)

SSAS – (1) Order of the Star of South Africa (Military): Silver – (2) Order of the Star of South Africa (Non–Military): Grand Officer (letters authorised in 1987)

TK – Bophuthatswana Police Decoration for Distinguished Service

V W X Y Z

VD – (1) Volunteer Officers' Decoration – (2) Colonial Auxiliary Forces' Officers' Decoration – (3) RNVR Volunteer Officers' Decoration (letters later changed to VRD)

VRM – Van Riebeeck Medal

WD – Woltemade Cross for Bravery: Gold

WDS – Woltemade Cross for Bravery: Silver

 
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