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Provincial Emblems

Coat of Arms – North West Province

Coat of Arms North West Province


Charged in the centre with a representation of a calabash water container within a leather thong cradle.

The shield is ensigned of a circlet edged with silver, resting upon the shield is a pair of silver horns, supporting a sunflower.


Two sable antelopes, horned and unguled.


Bureau of Heraldry: 7 May 1999


Flower Emblem – The Sun Flower (Helianthus annuus)

Flower Emblem - The Sun Flower

The sunflower is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae, with a large flower head. The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with the flower head reaching 30 cm in diameter.

In the bud stage most sunflowers turn their faces towards the east at sunrise. Over the course of the day, they move to track the sun from east to west, while at night they return to an eastward orientation.

This motion is performed by motor cells in a flexible segment of the stem just below the bud. As the bud stage ends, the stem stiffens and the blooming stage is reached. The stem then freezes, typically in an eastward orientation. The stem and leaves lose their green colour.

Animal Emblem – The Sable Antelope (Hippotragus niger niger)

Animal Emblem - The Sable Antelope

The diet of the sable antelope is mostly grass, but they will browse occasionally. These herd animals are usually led by a cow. Sable are very aggressive and will defend themselves and their young against most predators such as lions and leopards.

Sable bulls drive younger bulls out of the herd during the mating season and sometimes a bull will be killed during a fight.

Gestation is nine months. Calves are usually born between February and March and will be weaned at about six months.

When wounded, a sable will lie on the ground and sweep aggressively with its horns. When showing aggression, sable bulls, brush their horns against trees branches.

The massive ridges on the horns make a rasping noise.

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