Children's Crossing Signs in South-Africa
South-Africa is in several aspects an interesting country. It is here
that the southern African way of doing with the girl who takes the lead (see Zimbabwe
), comes together
with the design of Great-Britain
where the queen in the person of the sturdy girl, knows the way.
The old drawing which is rapidly being replaced existed in two versions. On the best drawing, probably the oldest one,
both pupils have a face and the boy wears shorts. Face and shorts were dropped later on, and after that the skoliere
metamorphosed in their present-day appearance — which is still not that bad compared with the
situation in the former communist block (e.g. Russia).
There is interesting point when we compare the old with the new sign.
The girl walks in front on both old and new versions! This is remarkable, because
when a modern version of a Children's Crossing Sign is introduced
then the children almost without exception swap positions (see f.e. Spain
This swap didn't happen in South-Africa.
Take France for example.
On old panels there, the boy is behind the girl and
keeps her on the pavement. Both change position on new signs:
now he guides her onto the road.
†: Skool = School; Skoliere = Scholars, pupils