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Midrand (South Africa)

Gauteng Province

Last modified: 2006-09-30 by bruce berry
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image by Martin Grieve, 17 July 2005

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Midrand (1981-1994)

Midrand (home of our esteemed colleague Martin Grieve!) is located midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. The original municipal flag comprised a dark blue field in the centre of which were the full municipal arms in the centre of a white disc with the name of the town beneath.  This flag was adopted on 01 July 1981 soon after the area attained municipal status.

The white, silver and blue alluded to the Witwatersrand, on the edge of which Midrand is to be found. The arched partition line in the Arms, which stretches horizontally, was a reference to the word RAND (ridge) and the gold tower placed in the MID-dle of this ridge refers to the name of the municipality, hence Midrand.

image (without scroll and motto) by Bruce Berry, 29 Aug 2006

The blazon of the arms registered by the Bureau of South African Bureau of Heraldry and granted to the Midrand Town Council on 15 October 1982 is as follows:
ARMS: Per fess enarched Azure and Argent on a pale counterchanged, a tower Or
CREST: Out of a mural crown Azure masoned Argent a trimount Or
MOTTO: RUS IN URBE (Countryside in Town).

With the re-organisation of South African local government in December 1994 and again in December 2000, Midrand is no longer a separate municipality and now falls under the jurisdiction of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Consequently the original municipal flag is no longer flown.
Bruce Berry, 29 Aug 2006