Independence Medal (Venda)
|Awarded by the President|
|Type||Military commemorative medal|
|Awarded for||Commemoration of the independence of Venda|
|Status||Discontinued in 1994|
|VDF pre-1994 & SANDF post-2002 orders of wear|
The Venda Defence Force
The 900 member Venda Defence Force (VDF) was established upon that country's independence on 13 September 1979. The Republic of Venda ceased to exist on 27 April 1994 and the Venda Defence Force was amalgamated with six other military forces into the South African National Defence Force (SANDF).
The medal was awarded to all ranks in commemoration of the independence of Venda.
Order of wear
Since the Independence Medal was authorised for wear by one of the statutory forces which came to be part of the South African National Defence Force on 27 April 1994, it was accorded a position in the official South African order of precedence on that date.
- Venda Defence Force until 26 April 1994
- Official VDF order of precedence:
- Venda official national order of precedence:
- Preceded by the Police Medal for Combating Terrorism.
- Succeeded by the Police Establishment Medal.
- South African National Defence Force from 27 April 1994
- Official SANDF order of precedence:
- Official national order of precedence:
The position of the Independence Medal in the official order of precedence was revised twice after 1994, to accommodate the inclusion or institution of new decorations and medals, first in April 1996 when decorations and medals were belatedly instituted for the two former non-statutory forces, the Azanian People's Liberation Army and Umkhonto we Sizwe, and again upon the institution of a new set of honours on 27 April 2003, but it remained unchanged on both occasions.
The Independence Medal is a medallion struck in copper, 38 millimetres in diameter, depicting an elephant's head on a shield and inscribed "13 9 1979" above, "INDEPENDENCE" to the left and "DUVHA LA VHUDILANG" to the right of the shield.
The reverse displays the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Venda.
The ribbon is 32 millimetres wide, with a 5 millimetres wide brown band, a 2 millimetres wide yellow band, a 5 millimetres wide green band and a 1 millimetre wide yellow band, repeated in reverse order and separated by a 6 millimetres wide blue band.
Conferment of the Independence Medal was discontinued when the Republic of Venda ceased to exist on 27 April 1994.
- Republic of South Africa Government Gazette Vol. 477, no. 27376, Pretoria, 11 March 2005, OCLC 72827981
- Republic of Venda Constitution Act, no. 9 of 1979
- South Africa Homeland Militaries, May 1996 (Accessed 1 May 2015)
- Peled, Alon (1998), A Question of Loyalty: Military Manpower Policy in Multiethnic States, Cornell Studies in Security Affairs, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, pp. 50f, ISBN 0-8014-3239-1
- Warrant of the President of the Republic of South Africa for the Institution of the "UNITAS MEDAL-UNITAS-MEDALJE", Gazette no. 16087 dated 25 November 1994.
- South African Medal Website - Legal aspects - Fount of Honour (Accessed 1 May 2015)
- Uniform: SA Army: Former Forces Medals - Venda Defence Force (BDF)