S. Africans urged to fly flag as FIFA World Cup approaches (2)

09:23, May 10, 2010      

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Paul Mashatile, deputy minister of the South African DAC told SAPA that "All of our symbols have a special meaning to the people of the South Africa and are a visible representation of our African heritage, and the diverse nature of our communities."

Mashatile was on Friday night re-elected provincial chairman of South Africa's ruling African National Congress in Gauteng province.

"It is crucial for the future of a united South Africa, that every citizen respects these symbols and learn the protocol around them as this will give us a common identity," he said.

The campaign would not only be stirring up feelings of patriotism among South Africans, but also educate citizens on correct protocol when flying the flag or singing the South African national anthem, the department said.

It said a person following correct flag etiquette should never allow the South African flag to touch the ground or use it as a table cloth.

"When the national anthem is played, people should always stand and remove their hats or caps as a sign of respect."

Source:Xinhua
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