S. Africans urged to fly flag as FIFA World Cup approaches

09:22, May 10, 2010      

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With a month to go before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa, the South African department of arts and culture (DAC) on Sunday urged South Africans to flaunt their national pride.

It encouraged South Africans to fly the country's flag high in their homes, offices and cars.

Already in Johannesburg many motorists are displaying the colorful green, red, white and black South African flag in a variety of ways. These include car pendants and "socks" which fit over the non-reflective part of external mirrors.

"National symbols are often the means by which international visitors first and foremost identify with a country, be it the national flag or national anthem, perhaps even the national animal," the department said in a statement.

"And that is why the department of arts and culture is encouraging all South Africans to proudly display the national flag at their offices, homes on their cars, anywhere that is suitable for the symbol to be placed."

The South African Press Association reported on Sunday that the "Fly the Flag for Football" campaign has been adopted by the South African DAC.

The aim is to educate international visitors about South African symbols and to create an atmosphere of national pride among South Africans during the sporting event.

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