Like Boy Scouts it does us well to be prepared. These instructions come to us timeously ahead of what everyone says is the inevitable for Nelson Mandela. Those with flag poles need to take heed of the proper manner to fly the South African National flag at half mast:
The National Flag may be flown at half-mast only on the instruction of the office of the President.
- When the National Flag is flown at half-mast, it is hoisted to the truck (mast head), unfurled and then lowered slowly until the centre of the flag is half way between the truck (mast head) and the heel of the flag pole.
- When the National Flag is lowered (at sunset or any other time), when flown at half mast, it must first be hoisted slowly to the truck (mast head) and then lowered in the normal manner.
- During the period of mourning when the National Flag is flown at half mast, no other flag must be flown.
Instructions courtesy of Warwick Owen (Due North Rum Club and ABYC Member)