The South African flag

27 April 1994

After much debate and 6000 suggested designs, the new, South African Flag - symbol of non-racial democracy - was raised on 27 April 1994, the first day of democratic election.
Black: The Black Majority; Gold: The Gold-mining industry (550 tons gold per year); Green: Agriculture, on which the majority are dependent. Black, Gold & Green are the colours of the ANC, the senior party of government. These three colours of the new South Africa cross over the old Dutch flag of 1952, Red, White and Blue, which symbolises the Afrikaner.