Bophuthatswana Defence Force
The Bophuthatswana National Guard (BNG) was established when the Bophuthatswana homeland became independent in December 1977. It was renamed the Bophuthatswana Defence Force (BDF) in 1979, and was incorporated into the new South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in April 1994. The BDF consisted of a small infantry formation and an air wing.
A series of decorations and medals, corresponding to the principal SA Defence Force awards of the period, was instituted for the BDF in March 1982. They became obsolete in April 1994.
Distinguished Gallantry Cross (1982-94)
For (i) "hair-raising" (sic) deeds of distinguished heroism, or (ii) distinguished gallantry.
Insignia: A green-enamelled gold convex cross with battle-axes between the arms, displaying a leopard head on a red roundel (obverse).
Defence Force Merit Decoration (1982-94)
For distinguished service of high quality, and utmost devotion to duty. Reserved for officers.
Insignia: A silver 5-pointed inverted star with rays between the points, displaying a silver leopard head on a blue roundel (obverse).
Medal for Distinguished Gallantry (1982-94)
For (i) extraordinary gallantry, or (ii) gallantry.
Insignia: A gold circular medal, displaying a leopard head.
Defence Force Merit Medal (1982-94)
For extraordinarily excellent service, and particular devotion to duty.
Insignia: A silver circular medal displaying a silver leopard head on a blue roundel in the centre of a 6-pointed star on a multi-rayed background (obverse).
BDF Commendation Medal (1984-94)
For service of a high standard.
Insignia: A bronze circular medal displaying a leopard head within a decorative border (obverse).
Nkwe Medal (1990)
A campaign medal.
Insignia: A silver (nickel?) octagonal medal depicting a prowling leopard (obverse).
General Service Medal (1991)
A campaign medal.
Insignia: A circular silver (nickel?) medal depicting the BDF emblem in a laurel wreath (obverse).
Thanks: to Steve Chambers for these two ribbons.
BDF Independence Medal (1982)
Issued to founder members of the BDF.
Insignia: A silver (nickel?) circular medal displaying the Bophuthatswana coat of arms (obverse).
BDF Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (1982-94)
For faithful service. Awarded cumulatively in three classes: Bronze after 10 years, Silver after 20 years, and Gold after 30 years.
Insignia: A circular medal displaying the Bophuthatswana coat of arms (obverse).
State President's Medal
For champion shots.