South Africa National Anthem

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Anthem History

adopted 1994; a combination of "N'kosi Sikelel' iAfrica" (God Bless Africa) and "Die Stem van Suid Afrika" (The Call of South Africa), which were respectively the anthems of the non-white and white communities under apartheid; official lyrics contain a mixture of Xhosa, Zulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and English (i.e., the five most widely spoken of South Africa's 11 official languages); music incorporates the melody used in the Tanzanian and Zambian anthems

Anthem Lyrics

Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika and Die Stem / The Call of South Africa



Nkosi sikelel' iAfrika


Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo,


Yizwa imithandazo yethu,


Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.





Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,


O fedise dintwa la matshwenyeho,


O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,


Setjhaba sa South Afrika - South Afrika.





Uit die blou van onse hemel,


Uit die diepte van ons see,


Oor ons ewige gebergtes,


Waar die kranse antwoord gee,





Sounds the call to come together,


And united we shall stand,


Let us live and strive for freedom,


In South Africa our land.

South Africa Flag

South Africa Flag

Flag History The flag combines the colors of the Boer reppublics (red, white, blue) with the colors of the African National Congress (black, green, yellow), which came to power in 1994. The ANC is shown as a driving force behind the country's convergence and unification which is symbolized by the “Y” shape.
Flag Date of Adoption 18 March 1994
Flag Symbolism two equal width horizontal bands of red (top) and blue separated by a central green band which splits into a horizontal Y, the arms of which end at the corners of the hoist side; the Y embraces a black isosceles triangle from which the arms are separated by narrow yellow bands; the red and blue bands are separated from the green band and its arms by narrow white stripes

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