The designer of the South African flag, Frederick Brownell, passed away in his home in Pretoria on Friday night. Brownell submitted his design for our current flag in ’93 after attending a congress hosted by the International Flag Federation in Switzerland.
After over 7000 submissions, his design which symbolised peace and unity was selected and adopted for the new South Africa.
Frederick was a state herald from 1982 to 2002 where he was responsible from approving badges, the coat of arms and flags. Frederick graduated with a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pretoria and his thesis focused on the symbolism of the flag he designed.
He is a true South African hero, who unified the country with a symbolic flag. May his soul rest in peace.