Logo Meaning

The meaning behind the SAFOSS logo


The protea


The protea was chosen as it is a uniquely South African flower and is also found in our main Orthopaedic Association (SAOA)’s logo.


The symbolism of the protea really fits in with the ethos of SAFOSS.


The Protea flower stands for: diversity, courage, daring and transformation.


The protea flower is different and stands out from the crowd, this unusual flower attracts attention no matter how beautiful other flowers are.


This flower symbolizes overcoming obstacles and finding courage inside of you to make a difference in the world.


Proteas flowers are symbols of someone’s daring nature and boldness that simply shines through.


Linked to the blooming character of the flower.


They grow in various habitats from stony and moist meadows to sandy areas along the coast and tolerate high temperature and can survive below the snow.


The message behind the Protea flower is to always be courageous and display your uniqueness. It symbolizes the resilience of Orthopaedic women who succeeds regardless of the environment they find themselves in.



Why 3 Proteas?

This symbolizes are main three goals: mentorship, career progression and promotion of women in Orthopaedics and attracting junior female medical students and junior doctors to specialize in Orthopaedics.



The face in profile


The face of course represents the female members of our society.


The rope and stake 

These tie in with the Orthopaedic symbolism. The rope and stake are holding up the Protea bush to support it. The face in profile is also connected to the bush and thus symbolizes the importance of female Orthopaedic surgeons to Orthopaedics.



The colours used

Pinks and purples to symbolize our feminine sides.




Purple embodies strength, prestige, and ability.

In essence, the colour purple encourages the mind, body, and soul to live in harmony.

As an enlightened colour, purple welcomes all schools of thought. It is unbiased and civilized, making it one of the more mature colours on the spectrum. Seeing this colour promotes understanding and acceptance.


Pink seeks to make others feel accepted by offering an unmatched level of sympathy. It is an approachable colour and doesn’t intimidate or threaten. When we see the colour pink, it inspires us to cling to hope. Pink cares about how others feel, which is why it goes to great lengths to promote positivity.