President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved a feasibility study on the construction of a monumental national flag project.
In a statement released Thursday, February 24, the cabinet said the project would be spearheaded by the Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture as part of its mandate to promote nation building and cohesion. social.
“Monumental flags are erected by countries to express their identity and pride. Once built, it will become a national monument (and) a tourist attraction site that will serve to display the brand image of the country,” he said.
Although no timeline or cost around the planned project or a feasibility study was given, several other countries have developed monumental flag projects in recent years which give an idea of what to expect.
Mexico has several Monumental Banderas (monumental flags) installed across the country as part of a program started in 1999 under President Ernesto Zedillo. The largest monumental flag in Mexico is the one located in the northeastern city of Monterrey with a mast height of 100.6 meters and a flag measuring 50 meters by 28.6 meters.
The national flag of South Africa was designed by a former state herald, Fred Brownell, and was first used on April 27, 1994.
The design and colors are a summary of the main elements of the country’s flag history. Individual colors or combinations of colors represent different meanings to different people and therefore no universal symbolism should be attached to any one of the colors, the government said.
The government subsequently developed a set of specific instructions regarding the use of the national flag and how it should be flown.
When the flag is displayed vertically against a wall, the red stripe should be to the left of the viewer with the winch or cord seam at the top.
When displayed horizontally, the winch should be to the left of the viewer and the red stripe at the top. When the flag is displayed beside or behind the speaker during a meeting, it should be placed to the right of the speaker. When placed elsewhere in the venue, it should be to the right of the audience.
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