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Finally, a compromise was reached that resulted in the adoption of a separate flag for the Union in late 1927 and the design was first hoisted on , the design was based on the so-called Van Riebeeck flag or "Prince's Flag" (Prinsenvlag in Afrikaans) that was originally the Dutch flag; it consisted of orange, white, and blue horizontal stripes.

A version of this flag had been used as the flag of the Dutch East India Company (known as the VOC) at the Cape (with the VOC logo in the centre) from 1652 until 1795, the South African addition to the design was the inclusion of three smaller flags centred in the white stripe.

Following a referendum the country became a republic on , but the design of the flag remained unchanged.

However, there was intense pressure to change the flag, particularly from Afrikaners who still resented the fact that the British Union Flag was a part of the flag; in 1968, the then Prime Minister, John Vorster, proposed the adoption of a new flag from 1971, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the declaration of a republic but this never materialised.

Since globalization was growing and since England was a major superpower in the world from the time of the Anglo-Saxons to the present, English was easily spread through or imposed upon her many colonies, including her colonies in North America, the Indian sub-continent and Oceania.The three flags in the centre representing the former British colonies of Cape Colony and Natal with the Union Jack on the left, followed by the flags of the former Boer republics of Orange Free State and the South African Republic on the right.The Union Jack is shown with the hoist on the right.The miniature flags were the British Union Flag (mirrored) towards the hoist, the flag of the Orange Free State hanging vertically in the middle and the Transvaal Vierkleur towards the fly.The position of each of the miniature flags is such that each has equal status.

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