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Civic heraldry of South Africa
The guiding theme is contained in the meaning of the name Ekurhuleni - A place of Peace. A blue firmament holds the a graphic symbol of peace.
The white dove is a symbol of the Spirit and the olive branch symbolises the growth of that peace. At the top left is a symbol for nuclear fusion that represents scientific development and progress - the rational ambitions of the region.
The top right trine features a combination of a traditional and a modern musical instrument - a Kudu horn and a vuvuzela (local trumpet) - a link to the spiritual realm through the practice of arts.
These three aspects form a holistic depiction of human needs; to work, to grow and to learn.
Flanking the crest are two supporters in the form of two women, clad in traditional dress. They represent nurturing and guidance within the human family. The oak leaves at the base of the supporters represent the promise of growth. Between the leaves is the symbol for water and lakes - they key resource to life.
The motto completes the coat of arms by expressing the essential mission and hope of the Ekurhuleni region to Prosper in Peace.
Literature : Information provided by Ekurhuleni council
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