South Africa adopted its current flag to mark the end of apartheid and South Africa's new Democracy, established during the 1994 election. It was first flown on the 27th April 1994 on Freedom Day, now an annual public holiday. Unlike with most other flags adopted by nations around the world, South Africa's flag has no specific meaning to its colours as such, but its general design is meant to be a statement of the past and present of South Africa.
The coat of arms, launched in 2000 on Freedoms day.
South Africa's national symbols:
national animal: springbok
national bird: blue crane
national flower: king protea
national tree: real yellowwood
national fish: galjoen