South African National Symbols
A National Symbol is a symbol that is intended to unite people by creating a visual, verbal or iconic representation of the people, values, goals or history of that people. The National Symbols are often rallied around as part of celebrations of patriotism, and are designed to be inclusive and representative of all the peoples of the national community.
The National Flag of South Africa was first adopted on Freedom Day, 27 April 1994, and first flown on 10 May 1994, which is the day Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as president.
The design of the national flag can be interpreted as the convergence of the diverse elements within the South African society, and in taking the road ahead in unity.
National Coat of Arms
The National Coat of Arms, or State Emblem, is the highest visual symbol of the state.
It can be interpreted as such:
The motto of the National Coat of Arms is !ke e:/xarra//ke, which means "diverse people unite"
National Orders of South Africa
The National Animal is the Springbok.
Scientific Name: Antidorcas marsupialis
The National Bird of South Africa is the blue crane. The Blue crane distribution is almost entirely restricted to South Africa.
Scientific Name: Anthropoides paradiseus
Widely distributed in certain areas of the Western Cape, the giant or King Protea is the National Flower of South Africa.
Scientific Name: Protea cynaroides
The galjoen is the National Fish, and was chosen for its endemism. It is found along the coast from Namibia to Durban, and nowhere else in the world.
Scientific Name: Dichistius capensis
The real yellowwood tree, found from Table Mountain along the southern and eastern Cape coast, the Drakensberg up to the Soutpansberg and the Blouberg in Limpopo, is the National Tree of South Africa.
Scientific Name: Podocarpus latifolius
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