|Star of South Africa|
|File:Star of South Africa.jpg|
|Awarded by South African Defence Force|
|Eligibility||Senior military officers|
|Awarded for||Exceptionally meritorious service|
|Next (higher)||Louw Wepener Decoration|
|Next (lower)||Van Riebeeck Decoration|
44mm, orange with three green stripes
The Star of South Africa was a South African military decoration that was in use from 1952 to 1975. It was awarded to senior military officers, for exceptionally meritorious service.
The decoration formed part of the series of military decorations introduced by the South African government in April 1952. It was formally instituted by Queen Elizabeth II on 26 January 1953. In effect, it took the place of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which had been awarded to senior South African officers during World War II. It was named after the first large diamond to be found in South Africa.
The Star of South Africa was awarded to officers of the South African Defence Force, for exceptionally meritorious service in peace or war. In practice, it was conferred only on officers of general or flag rank.
The decoration consists of eight five-pointed silver stars, of different sizes,which are superimposed on each other. The reverse displays the South African coat of arms. Those minted before 31 May 1961 have Queen Elizabeth II's royal cipher above the coat of arms.
The SSA was worn around the neck, on a 44mm wide orange ribbon with three green stripes.
|Name||Rank||Service||Position||Date of Award|
|Melville, S.A.||Commandant-General||SA Air Force||Commandant-General SADF||13 May 1960|
|Grobbelaar, P.H.||Maj Gen||SA Army||Deputy Commandant-General||13 May 1960|
|Hiemstra, R.C.||Maj Gen||SA Air Force||Inspector-General SADF||13 May 1960|
|Viljoen, B.G.||Maj Gen||SA Air Force||Air Chief of Staff||13 May 1960|
|Biermann, H.H.||R Adm||SA Navy||Naval Chief of Staff||13 May 1960|
|Bierman, J.N.||Maj Gen||SA Army||Director of Operations||14 May 1965|
|Jacobs, P.J.||Maj Gen||SA Army||Army Chief of Staff||14 May 1965|
|Hartzenberg, C.H.||Maj Gen||SA Air Force||16 Jun 1967|
|Fraser, C.A.||Lt Gen||SA Army||GOC Joint Combat Forces||13 Jun 1969|
|Laubscher, P.H.||Maj Gen||SA Army||Deputy Chief of Defence Staff||13 Jun 1969|
|Loots, F.W.||Maj Gen||SA Army||Director-General Military Intelligence||13 Jun 1969|
|Raymond, E.C.||Maj Gen||SA Medical Service||Surgeon-General||13 Jun 1969|
|Van der Riet, W.R.||Lt Gen||SA Army||Chief of Defence Staff||25 May 1973|
|Terry-Lloyd, M.R.||R Adm||SA Navy||25 May 1973|
|Cockcroft, C.R.||Lt Gen||SA Medical Service||Surgeon-General||28 Jun 1974|
|Louw, W.P.||Lt Gen||SA Army||Inspector-General SADF||28 Jun 1974|
|Verster, J.P.||Lt Gen||SA Air Force||Chief of the Air Force||28 Jun 1974|
|Armstrong, R.F.||Lt Gen||SA Air Force||Chief of Staff SADF||6 Jun 1975|
|Malan, M.A.||Lt Gen||SA Army||Chief of the Army||6 Jun 1975|
|Johnson, J.||V Adm||SA Navy||Chief of the Navy||6 Jun 1975|
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