JOHANNESBURG - Fred Brownell has been hailed as the creator of our identity as a nation.
Brownell died at the weekend, leaving behind a proudly South African flag that has added much colour to the country.
Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa says the flag has played a pivotal role in building the nation.
“He clearly was a true patriot who would have contributed both for the most beautiful national flags of Namibia and South Africa," said Mthethwa.
"But as a South African patriot, he had a lot of thinking going into the flag, working with other people of course, but the very fact that it’s a flag of convergence, it’s a flag of unity, it’s a flag which is making a statement that we are building a nation," he said.
Brownell will be laid to rest this week.