I see the date of The Times article is 24/12/1900 and it would appear that a lot more had been decided by that date than the ribbon. I attach a pic from Harmsworth's "After Pretoria' Vol.2 page 262 - where obverse and reverse of the actual South Africa medal are illustrated. The date at the top of the page from which it was taken is October, 1900.
The reverse is the second type with the wreath pointing to "R" and no dates. The illustration of the medal was originally "trimmed" somewhat inexpertly; making the medal rim appear a bit uneven.
I do like the Times's correspondent making a reference to "no intention of giving a distinct decoration for the defence of Garrisons". A bit of a snub to those pushing for the Kimberley Siege Medal/Star?
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