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MBDA explains why largest South African flag is off the Donkin Reserve

Jan 22, 2019
MBDA explains why largest South African flag is off the Donkin Reserve

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) on Tuesday advised residents and visitors that the mast that holds the iconic South African flag at the Donkin Reserve in Central, Port Elizabeth, is undergoing refurbishments and maintenance.

The system holds what is regarded as the biggest South African flag. The largest flag in the country hoisted at the Donkin Reserve on a daily basis.

The largest South African flag in the country was hoisted for the first time amid a regal ceremony facilitated by members of the army at the Donkin Reserve in 2010. 

"Because we believe in transparency, we are happy to share the following details," the MBDA said.

What broke at the Donkin Reserve?

"The gearbox that drives the hoisting packed up after nearly 10 years of regular maintenance," the MBDA says.

"This unit was manufactured in the USA and the MBDA took the decision to build capacity locally and have it repaired in South Africa.

"We are currently working on this."

How it broke?

The MBDA says that the system is almost 10 years old and has come to an end of its life.

"The cause of the damage is caused by normal wear and tear."

When will it be fixed?

"We hope to have this unit up and running before the end of February or sooner," the MBDA added.

"We sincerely apologize for the disruption in service to citizens and visitors."

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