South African National Orders Awards Ceremony 2015.

Douglas John Anderson (GCOB) was awarded the Order of The Baobab: Silver from H.E. President Jocob Zuma on 8 December 2015 at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria for for "his excellent contribution to the upliftment of the lives of people with disabilities and impoverished children.

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National Orders are the highest awards that the country bestows on its citizens and eminent foreign nationals who have contributed towards the advancement of democracy and who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.

The ceremony enables government to recognise the contributions made by individuals towards building a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa as envisaged in the Constitution.

They are usually presented on Freedom Day, 27 April.

The Order of the Baobab

The Order of the Baobab is a South African honour instituted in 2002 to award South African citizens for services to democracy, human rights, arts and sciences and community service.

The Order of the Baobab is awarded in three classes: gold, silver and bronze.
Nomination acceptance

The Baobab, a tropical African tree, is symbolic of endurance, tolerance, community and longevity. It has long been a valued symbol of vitality, a tree endowed with both magical and functional properties: it provides bark for cloth and rope, fruit, fuel and other useful products. The distinctive Baobab, characterised by its stature and appearance as an "upside down" tree, has for centuries been used as a meeting place for communities.

Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise longevity, community support, contribution, and prosperity in organic unity.

The ribbon is gold, with recurring cream-coloured baobab silhouettes down the centre. All three classes are worn around the neck.

> Full list of Recipients of The Order Of The Baobab, 2002 - present <

Award Ceremony Photographs

Making a difference

I saw a man on a beach amidst hundreds of  beached crayfish, throwing them back one by one.
I said, "You can't possibly think what you are doing will make any difference."
He replied, "It has made a difference to this one, and this one, and this one..."


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