South Africans encouraged to fly the flag

WITH only 29 days before the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Department of Arts and Culture has urged South Africans to add to the vibe by proudly flying the national flag.

WITH only 29 days before the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Department of Arts and Culture has urged South Africans to add to the vibe by proudly flying the national flag.

This will be in addition to the Football Friday and Fly the Flag campaigns, which are proving to be a roaring success nationwide.

South Africans of all races are rallying behind Bafana Bafana ahead of the World Cup by wearing their replica jerseys.

Paul Mashatile, the Deputy Arts and Culture Minister, said the department wanted South Africa to be painted with the country's national colours.

"We are using various platforms to get the message across of proudly displaying our national symbols, including through the Fly the Flag for Football and Football Friday campaigns," Mashatile said.

"The Fly the Flag for Football campaign, in conjunction with the International Marketing Council, uses a tool kit that carries the protocols of both the flag and national anthem.

"It is being distributed to companies throughout the country, encouraging them to join the Football Fridays campaign."

The department's 2010 project manager, Dudu Mazibuko, said they were happy that the My 2010 School Adventure Campaign had enabled them to promote the national symbols.

"Through the My 2010 School Adventure, these national symbols have been promoted at schools across our beloved South Africa.

"The national anthem has been printed on the back of T-shirts to be handed out along with printed material educating the public about the protocols of the flag and anthem," Mazibuko said.

"The aim of a united, non-racial South Africa can only be realised if the entire nation identifies with the symbols of the land and believe in what they stand for."

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