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Randburg (South Africa)

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Last modified: 2015-05-26 by bruce berry
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image by Martin Grieve, 17 July 2005

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Randburg (1987-1994)

Randburg is located to the north of Johannesburg, adjacent to Sandton.

The flag of Randburg was approved by the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 09 January 1987.  The flag consisted of nine horizontal stripes of, from top to bottom, green, yellow, red, yellow, blue, yellow, red, yellow and green, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/25, 3/5, 1/25, 1/50, 1/25 and 1/10 the height of the flag respectively. The central blue stripe is charged near the hoist with a white triple-towered castle and with three yellow roundels, each 1/5 the height of the flag, in the fly.

The concept of the flag is based on the Randburg Arms which were registered by the Bureau of Heraldry on 16 June 1972 and are described as follows:
ARMS: Argent, a fess wavy Azure charged with a yoke with four skeys Or, in chief, an heraldic fountain between two slips of fern per bend and per bend sinister proper, in base on a mount Vert a weeping willow tree proper, the whole within a bordure Gules charged with eight bezants
CREST: A triple-towered castle Gules, charged with a bezant
SUPPORTERS: Dexter a steenbok and sinister a duiker proper
MOTTO: PROGRESSIO CUM PUPULO (Progress through people).

image by Bruce Berry, 28 Aug 2006

The blue and yellow colours symbolise the blue and yellow headpiece portrayed in the crest, while the green symbolises the grass (green portion on which the supporters stand), the willow and the ferns in the arms. The red colours in the flag reflect the red castle and red shield in the arms.

The castle in the flag symbolises the castle in the arms and also alludes to the word "burg" in the name of the municipality. The yellow (or golden) coins symbolises the yellow bezants in the shield and refers to the word "Rand" in Randburg.

With the re-organisation of South African local government in December 1994 and again in December 2000, Randburg is no longer a separate municipality and now falls under the jurisdiction of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council. Consequently this municipal flag is no longer flown.
Bruce Berry, 28 Aug 2006