Designer of democratic SA’s flag dies

Staff Writer | May 14, 2019
The man behind the flag that symbolises the “new” South Africa, Frederick Brownell, has died.

Frederick Brownell, who designed the national flag that South Africa has used since the transition to democracy in 1994, died at his home in Pretoria on Friday night.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa described Brownell  as ‘a true South African hero whose name is etched in history’.

Brownell, who was the State Herald from 1982 until his retirement in 2002, began to mull over designs for a new South African flag while attending an international flag conference in Zurich in August 1993. 

Seven thousand designs had been submitted by members of the public, but none seemed right. 

Brownell later described how he had sought something that went hand in hand with the vision that Nelson Mandela had for the country. 

The new flag was formally adopted on 20 April 1994. 


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