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During this short period of time (about a year), and thereafter alongside the vierkleur (literally 4 colour), the Burgers flag was the official flag. In 1875 the vierkleur became official again, and the Burgers flag was referred to as the President's flag.
Franc van Diest, 04 Mar 2001
The village of Potchefstroom was founded on 22 December 1838 by the leader of the Voortrekkers, Andries Hendrik Potgieter. The later Boer Republic used a slightly changed Voortrekker flag. The white stripes were added for heraldic motivations, for two 'colours' (in this case blue and red) should always be divided by a metal (here silver or white) and vice versa. Moreover in this way the Dutch colors could be adopted in the flag. Potchefstroom later became the first capital of Transvaal. President T. F. Burgers tried to replace the Transvaal 'Vierkleur' (4-coloured flag) with this one.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Mar 1999