The flag of South Africa is undoubtedly one of the showiest and colorful, and if you have had the opportunity to live in South Africa, you will also know that it is one of the most respected. Due to the conflicts that this country has gone through throughout its history, the South African flag has been transforming and evolving.
History of the flag of South Africa
The design of the current national flag of the Republic of South Africa is relatively young, since the first time it waved as we know it today was on April 27, 1994. The reason: the first multiracial elections to be held in decades. It was decided to create a new flag after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, so a contest was proclaimed in which more than 7,000 models participated. Despite the variety of designs, none of them completely satisfied the members of the National Symbols Commission, so a design derived from a proposal made by Frederick G. Brownell was finally chosen, who had already made the flag of somebody another African country.
The design of the current flag was a success and provoked unanimous unanimity in the South African country. South Africa already had a flag that did not recall the old regime and avoided any reference to apartheid.
The current flag of the Republic of South Africa has six colors, and its composition is as follows: two horizontal bands, one red (top) and one blue (bottom) that are separated by a central green band in the shape of a horizontal y. The arms of this and end in the corners of the left side. These arms surround a black isosceles triangle, from which they are separated by narrow gold bands. Likewise, the two horizontal red and blue stripes are separated from the green by other white stripes.
Meaning of the South African flag
Following the introduction of the new South African flag, it was declared time and again that its component colors were devoid of any meaning or symbolism. Despite this, an unofficial meaning of the composition of the flag has been established that is quite accepted in today’s society. The red color would mean the blood, while the blue would be the sky, both united by the green that would mean the land of South Africa. For its part, the color black would represent South Africans with that skin color and white the citizens who have the skin tone more typical of the European ethnic group. Finally, the yellow would be for the same gold, the country’s natural resource.
As we have already said, official bodies have flatly denied this meaning. However, many of the colors that appear in the South African flag can also be seen in the flag of the African National Congress and others in the flags of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, countries closely related to the South African era prior to the current one. Also, being red, green, and yellow the official Pan-African colors.
Current flag in South African law
The law of the Republic of South Africa contains several essential aspects related to the flag of the country. Some of the most prominent are: the South African flag must be treated with respect and dignity, and must always be hoisted correctly and not the other way around; it is strictly forbidden to contain any slogan or phrase inside; the moments in which the flag should be placed at half-mast will always be at the request of the president; among other official personalities.
The Government drops it by denying it the umpteenth contribution of money, and the workers will be fired from this month.
South African Airways closes. Lay off your entire staff, and you will no longer fly. It occurs in the middle of the coronavirus crisis, but its financial situation is long before the onset of the disease. What happens now is that the Johannesburg government has definitely decided to drop it. Her planes were already on the ground due to the coronavirus, but when they last landed, there were chances that she would not take flight. The airline, born in 1934, dies at 86 years of age, as a result of the poor management that has caused the greatest economic losses in the entire sector. Since 2008 it does not give any benefit.
Workers will receive one month of dismissal for each year worked if the company’s assets are liquidated for an amount that allows payment. The most valuable assets of the company are flight rights, especially those of Heathrow airport and New York.
The last phase of its crisis has been especially painful because the CEOs have succeeded one another, the annual accounts have not been approved, and the management, in general, had fallen to unsustainable levels. In 2019 the company took advantage of a legal entity to function despite being bankrupt, with two administrators who have asked for public money and who now, after not getting it, have decided to close the company.
Contrary to the usual, the parliament welcomed the closure as a result of the Public Enterprises Department refusing to put more money. Parliament said in a note that “South African Airways cannot continue to ask for government bailouts while refusing to meet the required financial counterparts. This prevents the public control of the money”.
South Africa will thus become one of the few countries in Africa without a flag carrier, although practically other operators, including national ones, had replaced it.