Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Great South African Flag

Over the last ten days since the death of Nelson Mandela, all South African flags, including the Great Flag on the Donkin Reserve, have been flying at half mast.  Today (Sunday 15 Dec) Madiba was buried in his home town of Qunu in the Eastern Cape which means all flags will be fully hoisted from tomorrow on again.  The Great Flag forms part of Route 67 and flies on top of the tallest flag pole in South Africa.  At 65 meters tall the pole is the second tallest in Africa, shorter only than a flag pole in Angola.  The flag flying at its top is the biggest South African flag in the world, measuring 10 meters by 15 meters, nearly the size of a tennis court.  Looking at it like this it doesn't look that big until you realise that there are two people standing close to the pole's base


  1. I find that very interesting. I have not heard of this flag or the pole before. Keep well Diane

  2. I'm always fascinated by this flag, Jonker. I hope to be able to spot it next time we ride through PE.

  3. The Gulf state of Qatar has created the world's largest flag as part of festivities to mark its national day.

    The maroon and white flag has been draped over an area of 101,978 sq m - the size of 14 football pitches - in an industrial zone north of Doha.

    It weighs 9.8 tonnes and was stitched from three plane-loads of material, according to the al-Sharq newspaper.