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.
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 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.
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.
Award Ceremony Photographs