The largest South African flag has been re-installed at Donkin Reserve on the 16th of January after undergoing refurbishments and maintenance. The cause of the damage was triggered by severely wear and tear on the nearly 10-year-old mechanism used to hoist the flag. The flag was hoisted for the first time in 2010 amid a regal ceremony facilitated by members of the army.
The 12 metre by 8 metre large national flag is part of the Route 67 that starts at Campanile, continues to Jetty Street, past the St Mary’s Cathedral and to the Donkin. The MBDA built Route 67 has 67 artworks in mosaic exhibited all along the route to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in politics. The MBDA spokesperson, Luvuyo Bangazi said, “The gearbox system that drives the hoisting packed up after nearly a decade of regular maintenance. This unit was manufactured in the USA and the MBDA took the decision to build capacity locally and have it repaired in South Africa”.
Bangazi said, “we are pleased to be able to deliver on the promise to fly the national pride again. As the city’s urban renewal agency, we aim to continue to revive the Donkin as a tourism product for the city. Many NMB citizens and tourists from the harbour and N2 freeway have been able to excitedly spot the flag”.
“The re-installation of the largest flag in the country is testament that the MBDA is willing to deliver when people of the city speak to the agency about their concerns, the residents should continue engaging us on MBDA social media platforms and on scheduled public engagements”, concluded Bangazi.