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University of Pretoria (South Africa)

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 Original image by Mike Oettle, 14 Feb 2002. Remade by Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin, 20 June 2004

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The University of Pretoria (UP) was established in 1908 as the Pretoria campus of the Johannesburg-based Transvaal University College.  It became the University of Pretoria in 1930 and in 1932 it was decided that Afrikaans would become the only medium of instruction.  This changed after 1982 when the university transformed into a bilingual, multi-cultural and inclusive institution and in 2019, a new language policy was adopted which discontinued Afrikaans as a language of instruction in favour of English only.

UP is today one of South Africa's largest research educational institutions with over 55 000 students enrolled in nine faculties and a business school.  Its School of Engineering, Veterinary and Law Faculties are ranked No. 1 in Africa.
Bruce Berry, 17 Nov 2023

University of Pretoria flag

The flag of the University of Pretoria was registered at the Bureau of Heraldry under certificate number 772 dated 24 October 1975 with the following description:
"A rectangular flag per fess abaisse Azure and Gules with the armorial shield of the University (namely: Per chevron Gules and Azure, a pall reversed between dexter three bees places 1 and 2, sinister three annulets placed 2 and 1 and in base an ox-wagon, Or), fimbriated Or, in the centre".

  Original image sent by Mike Oettle, 14 Feb 2002 and remade by Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin, 20 June 2004

The Arms depicted on this flag were originally registered under (Bureau of Heraldry) certificate 23/1935:253 dated 23 October 1950 and are also depicted on certificate number 916 dated 28 April 1978 (Source: Some Southern African Flags, 1940-1991, FG Brownell, SAVA Journal 1/92, 01 April 1992).
Bruce Berry, 17 Feb 2002

Sonop Christian Residence

Sonop (Afrikaans for sunrise) Christian Residence (Sonop Christelike Tehuis) is a private male residence at the University of Pretoria.  It has "A rectangular flag proportion 2:3, per chevron Gules and Azure, in chief a sun issuant and in base a descending dove, over all a pall inverted all Or"  which was registered at the Bureau of Heraldry on 26 October 2012 (Government Gazettes 35625 dated 31 August 2012 and 35808 dated 26 October 2012).  The basic layout, i.e. the colours and the inverted pall, clearly come from the university's Coat of Arms.
Arthur Radburn, 07 April 2013