Coat of Arms of South Africa

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The coat of arms is an important visual symbol of the country.

All Scouts promise to do their duty to their country. When preparing to become a Scout, Recruits are required to:

recognise the national animal, flower and Coat of Arms.


The South African coat of arms contains a number of elements representing the country and its people:

  • At the base, the country's motto, !ke e: /xarra //ke, which means "diverse people unite" in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people.
  • On each side, a pair of elephant tusks symbolising strength, and two ears of wheat symbolising fertility
  • A gold shield (the shape is also similar to a traditional drum) with two Khoisan rock art figures greeting each other. These come from a famous rock painting, called the Linton panel, which is now in the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town.
  • A spear and a knobkierie (club), lying down to symbolise peace.
  • A protea, the national flower, together with a diamond, symbolising the natural wealth of the country, together forming a pattern of triangles and shapes often found in African art and in popular colours associated with the continent – green, gold, red and black.
  • A secretary bird with its wings spread proudly and watchfully.
  • The sun rising above the wings of the secretary bird.

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