Our South Africa – the sun
The sun heals the divisions of the past, improves the quality of life of all South Africans, frees the potential of each person and builds a united and democratic South Africa to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.
Our people – the Protea leaves
Our people, building on the foundation of a democratic and open society, freely elect representatives to act as the voice of the people in a national forum for the public consideration of issues.
Our parliament – the drum
The drum calls the people’s Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, together to consider national and provincial issues, thereby ensuring government by the people under the Constitution.
Our constitution – the book
Our Constitution lays the foundation for a democratic and open society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights. It is the supreme law of our country and ensures government by the people.
THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY MACE
Following on a decision by the Rules Committee to relook the symbols of Parliament, the Speaker presented new designs of the Mace for the National Assembly to the Rules Committee meeting on 26 March 2003. The new mace was designed to reflect the history, tradition, diversity, culture and languages of South Africa. Each element has been carefully chosen to reveal the different facets of Africanness and South Africanness.
Read more about the background, origin and symbolism of the parliamentary mace.
THE BLACK ROD FOR THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF PROVINCES (NCOP)
The Black Rod is the symbol of the authority of the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. The Black Rod is carried by the Usher of the Black Rod in ceremonial processions, e.g. into the House for a sitting. When it is placed upright next to the presiding officer’s chair, it indicates that the House is formally in session. The name Black Rod is derived from the ebony wood of which the Rod is traditionally made.
Read more about the background, origin and symbolism of the Black Rod.