Mpumalanga Coat of Arms
South Africa

The Coat of Arms for Mpumalanga has a green base with the Latin motto - OMNIA LABOR VINCIT - inscribed on it, which means, “Work conquers all”. 

Above the base is a shield with a depiction of the Barberton daisy on it. The shield is supported by two kudus, one on either side. The shield is then topped by a crest. This indicates that the province is the second sphere of government. The crest has three rays, which symbolises the rising sun and the peaks of the Mpumalanga Drakensberg.

Animal Emblem - Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

©Roger de la Harpe
Animal Emblem - Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)

The kudu is a browser, which feeds on a variety of leaves from trees and shrubs. Kudus prefer to live in dry bushveld regions, mopane and Miombo woodlands and the open knob-thorn woodlands of the Kruger National Park. A kudu is a herd antelope, however, the herd tends to split up into two sub-groups.

Young females remain with their mothers, while sexually mature males, around the age of two years old, form bachelor groups. Rutting generally occurs between April and May, where the Kudu males join the female herds. No territorial spacing exists amongst bulls, but they tend to have size-graded dominant hierarchies.

Gestation is around 7.5 months, with calves generally being born during the summer months. Newborn calves, up to the age of 4 to 6 weeks, are often hidden to protect them against predators, whilst their mothers browse.The mother tends to her offspring only to nurse them.

Flower Emblem - Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)

©Jacques Marais
Flower Emblem - Barberton Daisy (Gerbera jamesonii)
The Barberton daisy is indigenous to South Africa, it is a showy flower that grows in a rosette of notched glossy leaves. The flowers grow in shades of pink, orange, yellow, white and red and are sought after across the globe for their vibrant colours. In fact, the Barberton daisy is thought to be the most cut flower on earth for floral arrangements.