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Northern Cape Province, South Africa

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Northern Cape - introduction

The Northern Cape province is situated in northwest South Africa, re-organized from the northern part of the former Cape Province - but excluding its northwestern most part, which was detached to North West so that the former western outline of Bophuthatswana is now the border between Northern Cape and the North-West province. It borders the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Free State and North-West provinces as well as Botswana and Namibia.
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, September 1995


Coat of Arms of the Northern Cape

[Coat of Arms of the Northern Cape] image from this site, reported by JJ Andersson, 5 May 2002

ARMS: Per fess Gules and Azure, a lozenge Argent charged with a thorn tree proper, in base two barrulets wavy counter changed and in chief two daisies Or; the shield ensigned of a coronet comprising a circlet Or, embellished of Azure and lozengy Gules San beadwork, fimbriated Argent, heightened of six beadwork torteaux, each charged with an annulet of beadwork Or, there between as many merlons embowed of beadwork, also Or.
SUPPORTERS: Dexter an oryx (Gazella dorcas) and sinister a kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros).
SPECIAL COMPARTMENT: A rocky ground.
MOTTO: SA K//?A: !ALSI ?ULSI (Literally: "We go good life", in Auni, a San language from the Kalahari Gemsbok Park region of Gordonia).
Registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 21 January 1998.
JJ Andersson, 5 May 2002


Local Flag descriptions

Barkly-Wes /Barkley West -
Municipal flag registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 2 Oct 1970 and described as:
"On  a  field  Vert,  nine  lozenges conjoined in cross, seven in fess and two in pale, between two bars wavy Argent".

De Aar -
Municipal flag registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 17 Oct 1986 and described as:  
"A rectangular flag, proportion three by two, comprising three horizontal stripes of equal width, from top to bottom blue, white, blue and at the hoist and vertical red stripe one quarter the width of the flag, charged with a white ram's head caboshed between two yellow wheels".
Source: Data of the Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations.
Mark Sensen, 19 May 2002

Jan Kempdorp -
Municipal flag registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on  15 Oct 1975 and described as:
"A rectangular flag, proportions three by two, consisting of  three horizontal stripes of equal width from top to bottom green, white and blue; on the green, three yellow annulets, on the white, two black fusils and on the blue, a yellow lion statant, armed red".
Source: Data of the Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations.
Mark Sensen, 19 May 2002

Jan Kempdorp used to be the only municipality straddling a provincial boundary, as it lay across the line separating the Cape Province from Transvaal. It is now part of the Phokwane Municipality, one of two cross-border municipalities in the Northern Cape Province (not Eastern Cape), and among several others created in the 2000 demarcation. Phokwane is counted as being part of the Northern Cape, since most of it falls into that province, but a small part of Jan Kempdorp and the former location of Pampierstad fall into North West Province.
Mike Oettle, 25 Jun 2002

Illustrations of the above flags can be found in SAVA Journal 1/92 [brl92] (ed).