Development financier, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) has thrown its weight behind the launch of what will be a man-made phenomenon and a world-first – a R170 million Giant Flag project which will result in the construction of the world’s biggest flag in the small Karoo town of Graaf Reinet in the Eastern Cape.
Formally launched this evening by the Deputy Minister of Tourism Thokozile Xasa, at the Valley of Desolation in Graaf Reinet, the Giant Flag is a 66 hectare South African flag made up of 2,5 million coloured desert plants and a four megawatt solar field, established on the outskirts of Graff-Reinet. It will be viewable from the moon or when flying over the area. The Giant Flag is the idea of creative mind Guy Lieberman who wanted to build excitement around the South African flag and to foster nation-building after the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The Giant Flag Trust has been working on making this dream a reality since July 2010.
The Giant Flag is expected to be finalised in 2016 and it will be the size of 66 rugby fields and it will be a totally green off-grid flag. It should create about 700 jobs for the local Camdeboo municipality. All the jobs linked to the Giant Flag, either through direct employment, SMME incubation or contract, will