Past South African flags

Past South African flags
I found this old mat (sans the artistically-edited-in new South African flag :D ) at Evita se Perron, a popular political history museum of sorts in the tiny town of Darling (a little way up our West Coast).

South Africa's current flag, besides for being unique in that it has 6 colours (in the main design), carries a fair amount of symbolism - surprisingly more than one may realise. Visit the Southern African Vexillological Association's site for an interesting overview on the meaning behind each colour and the general flag design.

If you're very into flags, then also take a look at this poster (which it looks like the vexillological association sells for a small fee). It gives a fairly comprehensive view on the various flags flown over our country in our colourful past.

In case you're wondering, the Afrikaans sentence "Vanaf die geboorte van 'n nasie tot 'n onafhanglike republiek" means "From the birth of a nation to an independent republic" in English.

2 thoughts on “Past South African flags

  1. Anita Du Plessis

    Thank you for the photo!!! We are blessed with an awesome and rich history, sealed in love, blood, tears and victory. May we never ever loose the overcoming, victorious and humble spirit of South Africa!! We are unique, a special breed of people who love, care and persevere. Let’s make ‘Proudly South African’ happen and not just a slogan.

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