Official South African National Symbols

©Eric Miller
Nelson Mandela casting his vote in the 1st SA all race elections.
After the first democratic elections in 1994, the National Symbols Commission took the responsibility of asking the South African public what the symbols of national unity should look and sound like. A great many South Africans from all walks of life had their say in what would become the proud voice, visual identity and signature of our country.

National Flag of South Africa

The national flag, that was first used on 27 April 1994, was designed by Mr Fred Brownell, a former South African State Herald....more

National Symbols Timeline

Ordinary South Africans became involved in public consultations to make and finalise the designs for our new National Symbols....more

Provincial Coat of Arms

A Coat of Arms is defined, in the Heraldry Act No. 18 of 1962 of South Africa, as any object or figure being a symbolic representation displayed in colours on a shield in conformity with the principles and rules of Heraldry, with or without a crown, helme...more

South Africa Coat of Arms Explained

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South Africa National Symbols

The springbok is found naturally in the Free State, North West Provinces, in the Karoo and along the West Coast of South Africa....more

South Africa's National Anthem History

In terms of Section 4 of the new Constitution of South Africa, which was signed into law at Sharpeville on December 10th 1996, a shortened and combined version of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica with Die Stem van Suid Afrika is now the national anthem of South Afr...more

Symbols on the South Africa Coat of Arms

The new South African coat of arms is made up of two spheres, called the oval shape of foundation and the oval shape of ascendance, below are the rationals of the symbols chosen that help to tell the story of South Africa and the dawning of democracy for...more

The Unveiling of the South African National Coat of Arms

The Coat of Arms signifies an official stamp or seal on legal documents, like your birth certificate....more