Order for Meritorious Service
The Order for Meritorious Service was an award in South Africa
South Africa
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 which ran from 1986-2002 and was the country's highest honor. It was awarded to South Africans who have rendered exceptional public service. It was awarded to people by the order of the President
President of South Africa
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. The award was given in two levels, Gold
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 (Class I) and Silver
Silver is a metallic chemical element with the chemical symbol Ag and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it has the highest electrical conductivity of any element and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal...

 (Class II).


  • Desmond Tutu
    Desmond Tutu
    Desmond Mpilo Tutu is a South African activist and retired Anglican bishop who rose to worldwide fame during the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid...

     - 1999
  • Harry Schwarz
    Harry Schwarz
    Harry Heinz Schwarz was a South African lawyer, statesman and long-time political opposition leader against apartheid, who eventually served as the South African ambassador to the United States during the country’s transition to representative democracy.Schwarz rose from the childhood poverty he...

     - 1988
  • Bill Venter
    Bill Venter
    Bill Venter or William Peter Venter born 29 July 1934 Johannesburg, is a South African businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist.Venter has achieved significantly in the electronics, telecommunications and power electrical sectors, both in South Africa and abroad. He is chairman of , and the...

     - 1991
  • Helen Suzman
    Helen Suzman
    Helen Suzman, DBE was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician.-Biography:Helen Suzman, a life-long citizen of South Africa, was born as Helen Gavronsky in 1917 to Jewish immigrants....

    - 1997
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