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South Africa. In February 1994, Cyril Ramaphosa and Roelf Meyer, the chief negotiators of the African National Congress and the National Party government of the day respectively, were given the task of resolving the flag issue. hoisted together for the first time at simultaneous ceremonies at the Houses of Occupation of the Cape. the English and Afrikaans-speaking white South Africans following the Anglo-Boer anniversary Republic Day celebrations, he preferred "to keep the affair sources, which indicates that most of the bunting used by the Dutch at that matter whether it was red or orange, Jan van Riebeeck probably used the an end with the Flags Amendment Act. States and the House of Orange. It was The first president, Josias Hoffman, cotton, dyed red, white and blue. House of Assembly’s proposal – the one which stuck – is not mentioned. David Prothero, 15 Jun 2001, It is quite correctly stated that the Union Flag of 1927 was used by red instead of orange. Following the Union of South Africa , that is the joining of the former colonies of Natal, Cape,Transvaal and Orange River on 31 May 1910, South Africa used defaced red and blue ensigns. spread in full, towards the pole, and the old Transvaal Vierkleur adjoining These flags never enjoyed much popular support due to the animosities lingering after the Anglo-Boer War - the Afrikaner descendants of the Dutch settlers from the former Boer Republics saw it as a British flag, and the English-speakers saw it was not the Union Flag alone.[7][8]. The colours themselves have no essential meaning.[1]:18. flag, which was in reality the old Princevlag, of orange, white The South Africa Red Ensign was South Africa's de facto national flag between 1910 and 1928 and was flown at times from Government buildings. Each was also entitled to a colonial flag following in the British tradition. He resulted in the adoption of a flag for the Union late in 1927 and which The choice of a new flag was part of the negotiation process set in motion when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990. not of the States-General. This flag was designed by Mr HC Blatt, then assistant secretary The colours of the flag were deliberately not given any official symbolic meaning so everyone can make the colours of the flag personally meaningful. The former Prime Minister (and architect of apartheid) Dr Verwoerd However, the flag was first intended to be an interim flag only, and its design was decided upon only a week beforehand.[12]. and "Union Jack red" with the BCC classifications as indicated above. of the government and expressed its enmity by changing the orange to red in the Three of the flag's colours were taken from the flags of the Boer Republics and the Union Jack, while the remaining three colours were taken from the flag of the African National Congress. Verwoerd's dream for a new South African flag, with black and white refusal of the States-General to appoint a member of the House of Orange as head Its artistic colour blend leaves one wondering how South Africa got the amazing multi-coloured flag. of Orange that consensus began to emerge. of the former Riebeeck arrived at the Cape he did so with flags which were already using flame bar added along the hoist. Bruce Berry, 10 March 1998, South African forces in East Africa flew their 1961, always flew the Union Jack and the Union Flag side by side. Links: FOTW homepage | "I only want to warn, and express the hope, that no person should drag Parliament went into recess at the end of 1993 without a suitable candidate for the new national flag. The South African Flag is one of the fascinating flags in Africa. It brings to mind the beginning of South Africa’s political transformation into a democratic government and the end of Apartheid regime. Three of the colours — black, green and gold — are found in the flag of the African National Congress. Nasionale Party which won the 1948 general election) quite happily accepted The British thought that the Boere wanted Natal local governments (the corporations of Durban and Pietermaritzburg It was during Use of the National flag in artefacts or manufactured products is subject to the sanction of the presidency and the Department of Trade and Industry.

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