Nationwide flag | South African Authorities


The nationwide flag was designed by a former South African State Herald, Mr Fred Brownell, and was first used on 27 April 1994. The design and colors are a synopsis of principal parts of the nation’s flag historical past. Particular person colors, or color combos symbolize completely different meanings for various folks and due to this fact no common symbolism ought to be hooked up to any of the colors.

The central design of the flag, starting on the flagpost in a ‘V’ type and flowing right into a single horizontal band to the outer fringe of the fly, will be interpreted because the convergence of various parts inside South African society, taking the street forward in unity. The theme of convergence and unity ties in with the motto Unity is Power of the earlier South African Coat of Arms.

Flying the flag

Particular directions with regard to using the nationwide flag will be discovered within the Government Gazette 22356, Notice 510 of 8 June 2001 [PDF].

When the flag is displayed vertically towards a wall, the crimson band ought to be to the left of the viewer with the hoist or the twine seam on the prime. When it’s displayed horizontally, the hoist ought to be to the left of the viewer and the crimson band on the prime.

When the flag is displayed subsequent to or behind the speaker at a gathering, it have to be positioned to the speaker’s proper. When it’s positioned elsewhere within the assembly place, it ought to be to the correct of the viewers.

Color specs

Textile colors

Inexperienced – CKS 42 c Spectrum inexperienced
Black – CKS 401 c Blue black
White – CKS 701 c Nationwide flag white
Gold – CKS 724 c Gold yellow
Pink – CKS 750 c Chilli crimson
Blue – CKS 762 c Nationwide flag blue

Approximate Pantone equivalents

Inexperienced – 3415 c
Gold 1235 c
Pink 179 c
Blue reflex blue c

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