Bureau of Heraldry

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The Bureau of Heraldry is the South African heraldic authority, established in Pretoria on 1 June 1963.wikipedia
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Heraldry Council

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Together with the Heraldry Council, it forms part of the National Archives and Records Service (formerly called the State Archives Service), which is currently under the authority of the Minister of Arts & Culture.
It is the governing and policy-making body for the Bureau of Heraldry and consists of the National Herald ex officio, and other members appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture.

Pretoria

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The Bureau of Heraldry is the South African heraldic authority, established in Pretoria on 1 June 1963.
They were registered with the Transvaal Provincial Administration in March 1953 and at the Bureau of Heraldry in May 1968.

Heraldic authority

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The Bureau of Heraldry is the South African heraldic authority, established in Pretoria on 1 June 1963.

Themba Mabaso

Thembinkosi 'Themba' Mabaso, State Herald, or National Herald, of South Africa, is director of that country's Bureau of Heraldry.

Norden Hartman

He transferred to the Bureau of Heraldry when it was established in 1963, and was promoted to State Herald when Dr Coenraad Beyers retired in 1964.

Frederick Brownell

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He then joined the Department of National Education / later Arts, Culture, Science and Technology as Assistant State Herald in the Bureau of Heraldry on 1 August 1977.

Coenraad Beyers

When this section was superseded by the Bureau of Heraldry in 1963, he served as the first State Herald.

South African heraldry

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A Heraldry Act was passed in 1962, and the Bureau of Heraldry and Heraldry Council were established in 1963.

Canadian Heraldic Authority

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Heraldry

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It is headed by a State Herald (known unofficially as the National Herald since 2004) and its functions are to register arms, badges, flags and seals (as well as names and uniforms), to keep a public register, to issue registration certificates and, since 1980, to advise the government on heraldic matters.

Coat of arms

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Under South African law, everyone has the right to bear a coat of arms as he pleases, as long as he does not infringe on the rights of others (i.e. the arms are not too similar to arms already in use by someone else) and the proposed arms conform to basic heraldic principles.

Blazon

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The illustrated blazons (written descriptions in technical terms) of applications for registration are published in the South African Government Gazette.

Genealogical Office

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Armorial of Governors-General and Presidents of South Africa

List of personal coats of arms of Governors-General and Presidents of South Africa
Many of the governors-general and presidents of South Africa have borne arms; either through inheritance, registration with the South African Bureau of Heraldry or via membership in foreign orders of chivalry, such as the Danish Order of the Elephant and the Swedish Order of the Seraphim.

Flag of South Africa

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The new national flag, designed by the then State Herald of South Africa Frederick Brownell, was chosen to represent the country's new democracy after the end of apartheid.

Coat of arms of Namibia

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The committee enlisted the assistance of the South African Bureau of Heraldry.

Mind Sports South Africa

However, it was felt by the committee to approach the State Herald to design something specifically for the MSSA that best represented the games as administered by the MSSA.

Coat of arms of the Western Cape

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The arms were designed by the State Herald, Frederick Brownell, adopted by the provincial legislature, and registered at the Bureau of Heraldry in 1998.

Kimberley, Northern Cape

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The arms were registered with the Cape Provincial Administration in December 1964 and at the Bureau of Heraldry in February 1968.

Brackenfell

In November 1971, the council registered a coat of arms at the Bureau of Heraldry.

Pietermaritzburg

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It was registered at the Bureau of Heraldry in May 1973.

Ermelo, Mpumalanga

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The arms were registered with the Transvaal Provincial Administration in January 1957 and recorded at the Bureau of Heraldry as part of a municipal flag in 1967.