Sunday, 20 August, 2017
A guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag

A guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag

Treat your flag with respect.

  • The National Flag must at all times be treated with dignity and respect. In the Regulations Regarding the Flying of the National Flag, published just before the flag was adopted in 1994, the dos and don’ts are clearly spelled out.
  • The flag must never:
    • Be allowed to touch the ground or floor.
    • Be used as a table cloth, or draped in front of a platform.
    • Be used to cover a statue, plaque, corner-stone, etc. at unveiling or similar ceremonies.
    • Be used to start or finish any competition, race or similar event.
    • Be manufactured or used as underclothes, bath and floor mats or any similar demeaning application.
    • Be used for any commercial advertising in a manner that will distort or show disrespect to the flag.
    • A guide to the correct usage of South Africa’s National Flag