National Flag of South Africa

The National Flag of South Africa was adopted and used for the first time on 27 th April 1994- the Independence Day of South Africa.


The flag symbolizes the country's new found democracy. The National Flag of South Africa is a relatively new flag and has been designed by a former state Herald of South Africa.

Features and Symbolic Representation of the South African National Flag---

The South African National Flag comprises of two horizontally placed stripes. The red stripe is on the top and blue stripe is at the bottom. Both these stripes are separated by a green stripe in the middle which is bordered in white and splits into a 'Y' horizontally. The left side of the flag consists of a black triangle outlined in yellow.

The colors of the National Flag of South Africa hold no official meaning. The red, blue and yellow represent the African National Congress which was Nelson Mandela's political party. The 'Y' shape symbolizes the country's diversity and desire for unity. The new national flag have also incorporated some elements of former South African flags.

South African Flag Protocols---

The National Flag of South Africa is a symbol of unity and progress and must be treated with much respect and dignity under all circumstances. There are a few protocols that must be followed while flying the national flag.

  • The flag must never be allowed to touch the ground or the floor.
  • Tables, podiums, railings or platforms should never be draped with the flag.
  • The flag should never be used as underclothes, bath mats or any derogatory application.
  • The flag should never be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that is disrespectful to the flag.
  • Use of the National flag in artifacts or manufactured products is subject to the sanction of the presidency and the Department of Trade and Industry.

 

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