University of the Witwatersrand

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Country: South Africa
Campus/location : Johannesburg

Arms of University of the Witwatersrand

Official blazon


  • Wapen: In blou, twee golwende versmalde dwarsbalke van silwer en 'n goue skildhoof belaai met 'n swart tandrat en daaroorheen 'n oop boek van silwer, rooi gebind.
  • Helmteken: 'n Aansiende koedoekop van natuurlike kleur. Wrong en dekklede: Silwer en blou.
  • Wapenspreuk: SCIENTIA ET LABORE


  • Arms: Azure, two bars wavy Argent: on a chief Or, a cog-wheel Sable surmounted by an open book Argent leathered Gules.
  • Crest: A kudu's head affronte proper. Wreath and Mantling: Argent and Azure.


The arms were officially granted on August 21, 1970 in South Africa, but have been used longer.

The design portrays the Witwatersrand gold fields in the upper part of the shield as a gold background with an open book representing learning or knowledge superimposed on a cogwheel representing industry. The wavy bars in silver in the lower part represent the Vaal and Limpopo rivers between which the Witwatersrand gold fields occur.

Above the shield is the head of a Kudu, one of South Africa's most powerful and typical antelopes.

Arms of University of the Witwatersrand

The arms on a 1930s tobacco card

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