Jcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4607 times:
Some South Africans believed (incorrectly, I might add) that the Springbok was a symbol of apartheid and racial inequality. Its just like the Confederate flag in the US where some people think that it represents slavery and inequality.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4603 times:
In post-apartheid SA the springbok was deemed to be associated to closely with the former regime. I believe SA's new c/s was devised by means of a competition, and so presumably the winning entry did not feature the springbok - I too think its a shame, I'm sure the springbok could have been incorporated somehow in the new c/s (possibly in a redesigned form to move it away from the old c/s)
EISA From South Africa, joined Mar 2004, 4 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4556 times:
The Flying Springbok was an attractive logo but as Vulindlela744 points out it went the way of many national symbols that were representative of the old order. Anyway,compared to the current c/s, it now looks as drab as Sunday afternoons used to be in the old SA.
MIAMIx707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4459 times:
Maybe they could have replaced it by a butterfly like Avianca did? Shame because that was a sleek logo and the older SAA livery was a classic. The same cannot be said about the present one although the tail is colorful. If that came out of the winning design from a contest they must have picked the simplest one.
just curious: why is an animal with wings a reminder of apartheid?
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 4448 times:
There is no way the flying springbok would have made it onto any post-apartheid SAA livery as it was seen as a symbol of the bad old days. Many other symbols such as the names of the airports have also fallen by the wayside. SAA's old colours were based on the old flag and as such "had to go".
The second flying springbok can still be seen on the Historic Flight DC-4s, on which my wife flies as a cabin attendant, or as her business card says "air hostess" (nice old time terminology!)