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Mthethwa remembers SA national flag designer as ‘national hero’

Frederick Brownell died in his Pretoria home on Friday at the age of 79.

Frederick Brownell. Picture: @NathiMthethwaSA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Frederick Brownell, the man who designed and produced the South African flag, gave post-apartheid South Africa an identity.

Brownell died in his Pretoria home on Friday at the age of 79.

His flag was adopted in April 1994, replacing the old apartheid flag that had been used since 1928.

The minister said Brownell’s name was synonymous with the country’s journey to democracy.

In a tweet, Mthethwa recalled the day Brownell presented the flag. Mthethwa said over 7,000 flag designs were submitted, but none made the cut. He said a commission then approached Brownell, who presented his design.