Fred Brownell, 79, designer of SA rainbow flag, passes away

Fred Brownell, 79, designer of SA rainbow flag, passes away

The man who designed the symbol of Nelson Mandela's 'rainbow nation' - the South African flag - has passed away. Fred Brownell died in his home in Pretoria on Friday, 10 May. He was 79-years old.

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Fred Brownell, the man who designed the South African flag - a flag that became a symbol of unity not only in SA, but across the globe -passed away in his home in Pretoria on the night of 10 May.

The cause of death has not been made public.

The 79-year-old was hailed as a national hero and great patriot by Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, and many South Africans admire him for designing something as iconic as Mzansi's flag.

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Fred was able to come up with a prototype for the current South African flag in only two minutes, according to The Sunday Times.

He was at a congress in Switzerland in 1993, when he got the idea for the flag's design.

"I flipped over the lecture programme and drew a sketch in less than two minutes.
“It was just an idea about how we could represent coming together... streams flowing into one another, whether cultural, linguistic or whatever... a unifying of people’s cultures, something that could bring the people of South Africa together.”

According to EWN, Fred's flag was adopted in April 1994 - it replaced the old flag which had been used since 1928.

READ ALSO: How do the recent 2019 South African Elections compare to 2014? gathered that Fred also designed Namibia's flag and he was SA’state herald from 1982 to 2002. His duties included approving the design and registration of coats of arms, badges and flags.

Minister Mthethwa shared the sad news of Fred's passing on Twitter.

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