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Blue Crane Route Municipality (South Africa)

Eastern Cape Province

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Blue Crane Route Municipality flag (2005 - )

The Blue Crane Route Municipality is situated in the north of the Eastern Cape Province and comprises the urban areas of Somerset East, Cookhouse and Pearston, that were amalgamated following the re-organisation of local government in South Africa in December 2000. The name of the municipality is derived from "The Blue Crane Route" which follows the national road (N10) from Pearston, via Somerset East, to Cookhouse. Somerset East is the main centre and was established by Lord Charles Somerset in 1825. It is situated at the foot of the Boschberg Mountain and is a quaint, serene little town that is famous for its natural beauty and many beautiful national monument buildings.

The new flag adopted by the municipality comprises the new municipal arms in the centre of a dark blue field. The Arms were registered with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 24 March 2005 (under Notice Number 246 in the Government Gazette No. 27396) with the following blazon:

ARMS:     Per pale serpentine Azure and Argent, to sinister in chief and to dexter in base, and per fess serpentine Azure and Argent, dexter to base and sinister to chief, in chief two blue cranes proper and in base per chevron Vert, the peak crennelated, charged with four wavy bendlets sinister, Argent and Azure.

scan by Bruce Berry, 27 June 2007

The Arms take the form of a traditional African shield divided by an "S", the upper part in which is found two Blue Cranes, the national bird of South Africa and in the lower part is a representation of the Boschberg mountain and streams. The Blue Cranes refer to the name of the municipality and are indigenous to this area. The representation of the mountain alludes to the area's natural beauty and the streams which originate in the mountains.
Bruce Berry, 27 June 2007