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Civic heraldry of South Africa
The arms were officially granted on September 8, 1972.
The shape of the shield is in Nguni-style, one of the local styles.
The spoon and chain links symbolise the peace and hospitality of the people. The wheel are a symbol of industry. The black and white in the lower part symbolises the co-operation between the two peoples. The crest is the symbol of power.
The crest shows the lion, derived from the old South African arms, holding a kudu horn.
The supporters are a buffalo(Syncerus caffer) and a Roan Antelope (Hippotragus equinus).
Literature : The Star 20-06-1975; Brownell, FG: 1998: Symbols of Sovereignty of South Africa's former Independent and Self-Governing National States.
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