"THE FLAG OF SOUTH AFRICA" South Africa Local Custom Tip by DAO

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The amazingly vibrant flag of the New South Africa is the only national flag with 6 colours in it without using a seal of some description. It was officially adopted on April 27, 1994 following the first elections after the end of apartheid. The flag has 2 horizontal bands of red (on the top) and blue (bottom) of equal width separated by a central green band which splits into a horizontal "Y" shape ending at the corners of the hoist side. The Y is has a black isosceles triangle from which the arms are separated by narrow yellow bands; the red and blue bands are separated from the green band and its arms by narrow white stripes.

The colours are interpreted as:
Red, white and blue from historical colonial flags of South Africa, including mainly those of Britain and Holland. The while green, black and gold represent the colours of the African people. The 'Y' is thought to symbolise the coming together of the different people of South Africa, who then take the path ahead together.

Website: http://www.scouting.org.za/visitors/flag.html

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  • Written Jul 9, 2008
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