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[flag of Zimbabwe][Variant] 1:2~
by Mark Sensen, Nov 1997
Flag adopted 18 April 1980

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Meaning of colors and symbols on the flag

The green represents Country's vegetation and land resources. The yellow represents the country's mineral wealth. The red represents the blood spilt during the liberation struggle. Black represents the black majority. The Zimbabwe Bird is the National Emblem of Zimbabwe. White triangle for peace and the "way forward". Red Star for internationalism (and reflects the ruling party's socialist credentials).
Zeljko Heimer, 19 Nov 1995 and Bruce Berry, 20 Nov 1995

Flag with letters

On a recent visit by President Mugabe to Malaysia, I noticed a Zimbabwean flag with the word Zimbabwe written in yellow on the black stripe in the flag being used for a MOU signing ceremony. Is that the state flag?
Nagathisen Katahenggam, 8 Aug 2002

I must confess to never having seen a Zimbabwean national flag with writing on it. Seems it was a once off for that particular ceremony.
Bruce Berry, 21 Aug 2002

Coat of Arms

[CoA of Zimbabwe] image sent by Dov Gutterman, 26 Mar 1999; adopted: 21 September 1981

The green shield represents the fertility of our soil while the blue and white wavy lines symbolise the water which brings prosperity. The representation of Great Zimbabwe stands for the historical heritage of the nation. The rifle and hoe represent the transition from war to peace. The wreath is formed of twisted strips of gold and green silk, and represents the mining and agricultural enterprise which protects our national economy. This supports the crest in which the star is an ancient symbol of hope for the future, tinctured red to remind us of the suffering of all our peoples and the need to avoid any recurrence of that suffering. The star bears the Great Zimbabwe bird which has become our distinctive national emblem. The kudu in their natural colours display a harmonious blend of black, white and brown which may be taken to symbolise the unity of purpose of the various ethnic groups which comprise the people of this country. The earthen mound bears the plants which give food and clothing to the people and the motto reminds us of our need to maintain a desire for national unity and the will to work, in order to preserve the freedom which we enjoy.
Dov Gutterman, 26 Mar 1999

The CoA is different from Smith's 1980 book, but that is no wonder, since already there is a note that things might have changed in 1979. Was that one adopted in 1979, or was there some interim version?
Zeljko Heimer, 26 March, 1999

No, there was no new CoA adopted during the interim period between Dec 1979 and Apr 1980. The Rhodesian CoA continued to be used until 12 Sep 1981 when the new Zimbabwe CoA were adopted. The heraldic description of the blazon is as follows:
Arms: Vert, a representation of a portion of the Great Zimbabwe proper, on a chief argent seven pallets wavy Azure. behind the shield are placed in saltire an agricultural hoe, blade pointed Dexter and an AK 47 automatic rifle in bend sinister, foresight uppermost, all proper.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Vert a mullet Gules debruised by a representation of the Great Zimbabwe Bird Or.
Supporters: On either side a kudu proper upon an earthen mound adorned with stalks of wheat, a cotton boll and a head of maize, all proper.
Motto: Unity, Freedom, Work
Bruce Berry, 29 Mar 1999

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