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Western Cape (Province of South Africa)

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Western Cape - introduction

The new Western Cape province (since 1994) is situated in south-west South Africa, reorganized from the southwestern part of the former Cape Province. It borders the  Northern Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.
Antonio Martins, 30 May 1999

Up to September 1995 none of the 9 new South African provinces have adopted their own flags although one or two have proposals in this regard. There is currently a debate in this country as to whether the provinces should have their own flags or not with the ruling ANC holding the view that the provinces should not have individual flags.
Bruce Berry, 13 Sep1995

Coat of Arms of the Western Cape

[Coat of Arms of the Western Cape] reported by JJ Andersson, 05 May 2002

ARMS: Argent, on a pile embowed inverted throughout Azure, a Khoi clay pot with a conical base and two horizontally pierced lugs, Or, between in chief dexter an anchor Gules and sinister a bunch of grapes slipped and leaved proper; the shield ensigned of a coronet comprising a circlet Or, embellished of beadwork indented Gules and Azure heightened of six protea flowers Or, seeded Argent alternating with as many annulets, Or.
SUPPORTERS: Dexter a quagga (Equus quagga quagga) and sinister a bontebok (Damasileus dorcas dorcas) proper.
SPECIAL COMPARTEMENT: A stylized representation of Table Mountain Azure, bearing a riband with the fold-backs in the form of two ostrich feathers, Or.
Registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 04 December 1998.
JJ Andersson, 05 May 2002

Previous Municipal Flag descriptions

The following municipal flags in the former Cape Province, and now falling in the Western Cape, were registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry.  These flags are no longer in use following the introduction of a new municipal dispensation in South Africa after 2000.

Franschhoek - municipal flag registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 23 Sep 1999 and described as:
A rectangular flag, proportion 2:3, comprising three equal vertical bands of blue, white and red, charged on the white with an elephant statant proper.

Stellenbosch Division Council - flag registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 16 Jun 1972 and described as:
Per pale red and gold and over all the shield of the Divisional Council's arms.
Source: Data of the Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations.
Mark Sensen, 19 May 2002

Illustrations of these flags can be seen in SAVA Journal 1/92 (ed). [brl92]

For more Western Cape municipal flags, see 'Other Western Cape' pages listed above.