Gazankulu College of Nursing
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GAZANKULU COLLEGE OF NURSING
Country: South Africa
Campus/location : Giyani, Limpopo Province
Wapen: Kepersgewys deursnede, blou en silwer, in die skildhoof twee skuinsgekruiste lepels, die stele na bo en verbind met 'n geboe ketting, alles goud, in die skildvoet 'n blaker met twee handvatsels en 'n kers, alles blou, rooi gevlam.
Helmteken: 'n Blou boomaalwyn, rooi geblom.
Wrong en Dekklede: Silwer en blou.
Wapenspreuk: SERVICE TO MANKIND
Arms: Per chevron Azure and Argent, in chief two spoons in altire, handles upwards and joined by an embowed chain Or, in base a double-handled candlestick with a candle, Azure, enflamed Gules.
Crest: A tree-aloe Azure with flowers Gules.
Wreath and mantling: Argent and Azure.
Motto: SERVICE TO MANKIND
The arms were officially granted on August 9, 1989.
Gazankulu is the traditional home in South Africa of the Shangaan tribe whose lands also extent over the national borders into Mocambique. Spoons attached to one another by means of a chain, all of which is carved out of a single block of wood, are unique to Shangaan culture and symbolic of peace, harmony and co-operation. The candle, in turn, is the principal source of light in rural homes not yet supplied with electricity. This candle is symbolic of the light of knowledge and in this case replaces the more customary nurses' lamp. Aloes, which are also found in profusion in Gazankulu, have long been recognised as having medicinal properties , hence the wish of the College that one be depicted for the crest.
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