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image by Mark Sensen and Antonio Martins, 9 Mar 2000
Flag adopted 27 Apr 1994
C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network), reporting on the election
in South Africa, showed the "interim" flag which will be used for the next
five years; the new parliament will choose a permanent flag. In
blazon, it is: Tierced in pairle couchy sable, gules and azure,
a pairle couchy vert fimbriated or to dexter and argent to chief and base.
I think the interim flag for South Africa is said to be composed of the colours of flags of past administrations. Which is as plausible as anything, since it includes all the heraldic tinctures.
The current South African flag was designed by Mr Fred Brownell, State
Bruce Berry, 26 Mar 1999
Album 2000 gives the official (Pantone) and approximate (CMYK) specifications as follows:
Green: 3415c C100-M0-Y80-K20
Yellow: 1235c C0-M25-Y80-K0
Blue: Reflex Blue c C100-M80-Y0-K0
Ivan Sache, 15 Jan 2002
The South African flag pantones as I have them are:
Blue: 287u 288c
Red: 485u (x2) 485c
Yellow: 116u 1235c
Green: 355u 349c
Source: SA Bureau of Standards - Specifications for the National Flag, 2nd ed.
Bruce Berry, 21 Jan 2002
The meanings attached to the colors of the South African flag as outlined
above are NOT official, although they are accepted as such in some quarters.
When the new flag was designed it was specifically stated that the colors
had no official meaning and/or symbolism, other than the reason for their
choice arose from their use in the past in flags in this country [i.e.
red, white and blue from the Dutch and English (British) communities and
black, green and gold from the flags of the liberation movements (ANC,
The "pall" (Y) is correctly stated as symbolising the convergence and going forward as one unified nation of previously disparate groups in South Africa.
Bruce Berry, 14 Feb 2000