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National Fish – Galjoen Corascinus capensis

2.03.2015
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ational Fish - Galjoen Corascinus capensis

The galjoen is found only along the South African coast.

It keeps to mostly shallow water, is often found in rough surf and sometimes right next to the shore and is known to every angler.

Near rocks, the colour of the galjoen is almost completely black, while in sandy areas the colour is silver-bronze.

It is also known in KwaZulu-Natal as blackfish or black bream. The record size is over 55 cm and 7 kg, however the average is much smaller.

The galjoen is a game fighter. The diet of the galjoen consists mainly of red bait (ascidians […]

National Bird – Blue Crane

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 Anthropoides Paradisia
This elegant crane, that stands about one meter high, is almost entirely restricted to South Africa in its distribution.
The blue crane is a light blue-grey, has a long neck supporting a rather bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the ground.

It eats seeds, insects and reptiles. Blue cranes lay their eggs in the bare veld, often close to water.

They are quite common in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties.

The blue crane […]

National Animal – Springbuck

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National Animal - Springbuck

Typical of this species is the pronk (jumping display), which led to its common name.
Both sexes have horns but those of the ram are thicker and rougher.  This species has adapted to the dry, barren areas and open grass plains.

It is found mainly in the Free State, North West province and in the Karoo up to the west coast.

They are herd animals and move in small herds during winter, but often crowd together in bigger herds in summer. They eat both grass and leaves and can go without drinking-water, because they get enough moisture from the […]

COAT OF ARMS

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A national Coat of Arms, or state emblem, is the highest visual symbol of the State.

The Coat of Arms is also a central part of the Great Seal, traditionally considered to be the highest emblem of the State. Absolute authority is given to every document with an impression of the Great Seal on it, as this means that it has been approved by the President of South Africa.

South Africa’s Coat of Arms was launched on Freedom Day, 27 April 2000. The change reflected government’s aim to highlight the democratic change in South Africa and […]