The Coat of Arms is comprised of the buffalo-supported shield, a baobab tree and mountain ranges inside the shield and a corronet heightened with cycads leaves. The colours of the Coat of Arms are green, golden yellow, red, white and black.
Black – symbolises the demographics of the province.
Green – symbolises the province’s strong agricultural sector. The province contributes over 70% of the country’s citrus.
Gold – symbolises the rich mineral wealth beneath the Limpopo earth – the province possesses the world’s biggest platinum reserves.
White – symbolises peace and tranquility.
Red – this colour of warmth and love also symbolises high energy and power.
Regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world, the baobab is steeped in a wealth of mystique, legend and superstition wherever it occurs in Africa. There is a tale that tells how God planted baobab upside-down and many people believe they actually grow upside-down. The baobab is a tree that can provide food, water, shelter and relief from sickness. The biggest, and one of the oldest, baobab in the whole world is found in Limpopo – it is 24 metre high and 39 metre wide. The hollow stems have been used as houses, pubs, storage barns and even a bus stop. The flowers are white and sweetly-scented and last only 24 hours. They are pollinated by fruit bats. The inside of the fruit, an off-white powdery substance provides a refreshing drink when mixed with water. This is also used to treat fevers. This tree is slow-growing, mainly due to the low rainfall it receives…” The baobab represents strength, resilience and steadfastness of the people of Limpopo .
The colour of the buffalos has been changed from brown to black since the latter is indigenous African, and the former is indigenous South American. The buffaloes represent the unity, strength and political stability prevailing in the province.
The crest, made from the cycads, is symbolic of royalty. It pays homage to the institution of traditional leadership that deserves to be preserved like we do with the cycads, which are endangered species and are only found in Limpopo.
The motto of the province remains “Peace, Unity and Prosperity”. This captures the peacefulness, humbleness and modesty of the people of Limpopo. It also captures government’s commitment to pursue people-driven and people-centred development of the province.
The landscape represents the mountains and the rich agricultural fields of the province.
A shield is symbolic of government’s resolve to protect human rights through the world’s most democratic constitution and the Bill of Rights.