The design of the South African flag originated from a former South African State Herald known as Fred Brownell. The flag was hoisted for the first time on April 27, 1994. The decision to adopt Brownell’s flag did not come easily. In 1993, a public competition was held in a bid to find a new design for the new nation.
When did South Africa change their flag?
After the end of apartheid, South Africa adopted a new national flag in 1994, as the previous flag had come to symbolize the apartheid regime. Since 1994, white supremacists in South Africa and elsewhere around the world, including the United States, have adopted the 1928 flag as a symbol of white supremacy.
What was the first flag in the world?
The country with the oldest flag in the world is that of Denmark. The Danish flag, called the Danneborg, dates back to 13th century A.D. It is believed to have been in existence since June 15, 1219 though it was officially recognised as the national flag in 1625.
How many years did it take South Africa to make its constitution?
The South African Constitution was drafted in terms of Chapter 5 of the interim Constitution (Act 200 of 1993). On May 8, 1996, the Constitutional Assembly completed two years of work on a draft of a final constitution, intended to replace the interim constitution of 1993 by the year 1999.
Why did Springboks represent apartheid?
As non-whites were not eligible to be selected for South African national sports teams, the Springbok colours came to be viewed as a symbol of white supremacy in apartheid South Africa because they were only awarded to white sportspeople.
What is the South African flag called?
The design was based on the so-called Van Riebeeck flag or “Prince’s Flag” (Prinsenvlag in Afrikaans) that was originally the Dutch flag; it consisted of orange, white, and blue horizontal stripes.
|Adopted||31 May 1928|
|Relinquished||26 April 1994|