Coat of arms of South Africa
The coat of arms of South Africa is a series of symbols enclosed in two circles. They are located one above the other. The coat of arms of South Africa was approved and adopted in 2000.
Brief description of the coat of arms
The lower circle contains the motto, enclosed in a green semicircle. The circle is closed by two tusks of a golden elephant. They are located on both sides. Inside the circle are two symmetrically located ears of wheat. The shield is depicted in the form of a drum. It depicts a fragment of a rock image of one of the Khoisan tribes. Human figures face each other and are joined by hands in greeting. Above the shield is a crossed spear with a scepter. The whole composition of the lower part of the coat of arms forms a single whole.
Above the circle is the imaginary center of the coat of arms in the form of the petals of the protea plant. The petals of the plant are triangular in shape, like the products of local craftsmen. Above the Proteus is the secretary bird. In a stately gesture, she spreads her wings. Feathers rise above her all-seeing head. And between the spread wings there is a stylized image of the rising sun..
Both the top and bottom circles intersect, so they represent a continuous line..
What do the symbols of the coat of arms of South Africa mean?
The motto of the coat of arms is interesting. It is written in the Khoisan language. In a literal sense, the motto calls on the different peoples living in the territory of South Africa to unity and cohesion. Also, this motto denotes the unity of human feelings..
Wheat spikelets are symbols of fertility. They are also symbols of rebirth and sustainable development. This is a reminder that all people who live in the country should not be hungry. Elephant tusks are a symbol of wisdom, eternity. And the shield is a symbol of the spiritual protection of the people of South Africa.
Human figures symbolize the most ancient population of the country - the Khoisans. The greeting they represent is also a symbol of belonging to a common nation. Protea is, first of all, a symbol of the natural beauty of the South African region. And it is also a symbol of the revival of all of Africa, an era that must surely come.
The secretary bird is the king of birds. She depicts power, and the crossed scepter and spear symbolize the defense of the country from enemies. Such a bird is also a messenger from heaven. She brings blessings to this land. The bird is a real symbol of the greatness of the Creator. Raising her wings, she takes the entire people of South Africa under her protection.