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Anglican Ecclesiastical Province of Southern Africa

Although the Anglican Ecclesiastical Province of Southern Africa embraces the entire southern portion of the continent from Angola southward including Mozambique, Lesotho, and Swaziland, as its archdiocesan see is located in Cape Town, in the Republic of South Africa, I feel justified in giving the entire Province the classification <za>. While the Province has a lovely logo, I have not been able to find any evidence of an actual flag, if members can confirm this I would be most grateful.

Neither the Province itself nor any of the 26 individual dioceses seem to have flags., and very few of them except some of the older ones which have not been dismembered to create new ones have any sort of heraldic presence either.  I find this rather strange as the Anglican Communion has had a presence in southern Africa since the first quarter of the 19th Century. Many of the dioceses are new, having only been established since the end of the apartheid regime in the Republic of South Africa and the adherence of Mozambique to the Commonwealth.  Most of the dioceses are in fact so new that not only do they have websites of their own, the information (statistical and other) regarding them provided by the Anglican Communion is sketchy at best.  Few dioceses have picture galleries or virtual tours, and from those which I have seen, the cathedrals, where there is an actual building, are bare of any vexillological adornment or indeed of much else, although many of the older structures are very beautiful indeed.
Ron Lahav, 06 Jan 2009