Designers of the National Orders

Gold Mametja

[The Orders of Mapungubwe, the Baobab, the Companions of OR Tambo, Luthuli and the Mendi Decoration for Bravery]

Gold Mametja has a fortunate name that underpins his talents. His designs were selected among dozens of other designs submitted after the GCIS invited jewellery designers to submit designs for the new National Orders.

His biography is a long list of achievements since he left Technikon Witwatersrand. These include a series of designs in corporate South Africa including the commemorative gold bars for the Comrades Marathon.

Soft-spoken and modest, he feels that working on the National Orders was: 'The best thing that ever happened to me. Just by allowing me to do these designs, is the best accolade that the country could give me'. Mametja works as an industrial designer at the CSIR in Pretoria. He lives in Kempton Park with his wife and two children.

Gareth Smart

[Orders of Ikhamanga]

Gareth Smart has established himself as a designer across many content platforms since completing a BA Degree in Graphic Design at Midrand Graduate Institute. His specialisation was 3D Multimedia. His portfolio reflects a strong list of corporate clients built up over a short time.

For him it was an 'opportunity of a life time' to be selected to design the new National Order. He lives in Pretoria catering for client needs as a freelance graphic designer, animator and conceptualist.