South Africa’s project under way to plant a flag visible from space


South Africa’s ambitious plan is under way to plant a flag that can be seen from outer space; and you can get involved too.

The giant flag will be built on the outskirts of Graaff-Reinet and will cover 66 hectares of Karoo desert floor. It will be made up of 2.5 million colourful succulents and a four megawatt solar power field—a superb representation of the South African flag is emerging.

When completed it will be the largest flag on the planet, the largest symbol of its kind ever created anywhere on earth. By the time it is finished it will be one of the few man-made creations visible from space. And it is located on an unyielding desert surface, within walking distance of the aptly-named Valley of Desolation.

CCTV’s Julie Scheier has more.

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