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THE AIRFORCE - SANDF EMBLEMS
 
 

On Friday, 25 April 2003, the old SANDF emblem was phased out in a Retreat Ceremony. At a parade on Tuesday 29 April 2003,
the new SANDF flags, emblem and medal series were presented.

SAAF emblem
SAAF emblem
The official SAAF emblem is a golden African Fish Eagle with a laurel wreath in its claws. The motto on the wreath reads "Per Aspera Ad Astra", meaning "Through Adversity to the Stars".
 
 

SAAF Roundel
SAAF Roundel
The roundel, which replaces the five-pointed castle with Eagle. A low visibility version is used were appropriate.
 

 
SAAF Flag
SAAF Flag
The SAAF service flag incorporates the South African national flag on the top left, with the SAAF roundel on the bottom right.
 

 
New SANDF emblem
New SANDF emblem

New SANDF emblem
The new SANDF emblem incorporates a nine-pointed "Star" representing the warm sun of Africa and the nine provinces. The Star is also used in divisional emblems and flags to reflect a common corporate identity coupled to a divisional-unique devise to still enable a Division to demonstrate uniqueness. The four Services are represented in their respective traditional colours. The emblem also reinforces the idea of military identity, authority and dignity.

The use of the green and gold are the traditional colours used to reflect the corporate identity of the Department of Defence. Green can also be seen as referring to the natural wealth of Africa while gold can be seen as a reference to the mineral wealth as well as nobility and purity.
 
 
Service Flags

SANDF Flag Air Force Flag SA Navy SA Army Flag
SANDF Flag Air Force Flag SA Navy SA Army Flag
SAMHS Flag CJ Ops Intelligence Division  
SAMHS Flag CJ Ops Intelligence Division  

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