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What does the South African flag mean?

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The sideways Y-shape on the South African flag symbolizes unity, the merging of multiple nationalities into one nation. The colors of the flag carry their own symbolism.

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Following the end of apartheid, the flag representing the Republic of South Africa was adopted on April 26, 1994. On the flag, yellow stands for generosity and the natural resources; white symbolizes peace, honesty and the South African people of European origin; red indicates hardiness, bravery, strength, valor and bloodshed; blue symbolizes vigilance, truth, loyalty, perseverance and justice; green signifies hope, joy and love and black stands for determination as well as for the black population.

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