The Italian flag or 'tricolore italiano', was born in Reggio
Emilia on January 7, 1797, by decree of the Cispadane
Republic's Parliament on a proposal by Giuseppe Compagnoni.
The colours chosen by the Cispadane Republic were red and white,
the colours of the Flag of Milan, and green which was the colour
of the uniform of the Lombard Legion.
Some have tried to attribute some particular values to the
colours and a common interpretation is that the green represents
the country's plains and the hills; white, the snowy Alps; and
red, the blood spilt in the Italian Independence wars.
A more religious interpretation is that the green represents
hope, the white represents faith and the red represents charity,
the "three theological virtues".
The flag features three equally sized vertical bands of green,
white and red, with the green at the hoist side.
from the President
Welcome to our website!
you will find it interesting, and look forward to
further enquiries from you.
In 1971 our Founder Members had the vision to create a
place where young and old Italian expatriates could meet
to play their favorite games, eat traditional Italian
events in order to maintain and promote Italian culture
and traditions in South Africa. That place was the first
Nigel Italian Club, situated in Spaarwater, about 4
present location, on the old road to Johannesburg.
The Club was very successful, in few years membership
raised to hundreds. Many parties held at the Nigel
Italian Club became the main topic of discussion in town
for quite a while.
There was no television in those days, and the best
Sunday attraction was the broadcast from Italy of the
1st division soccer matches on the short-waves radio.
In 1979, due to expiring of lease agreement, the Club
was relocated to present premises in Springs Road.
Since the Club acquired this property, a lot of
improvements have taken place, including the pizzeria,
the bowling building, and the main hall that was
inaugurated in 1991.
By the early 1980s’, due to better economic conditions
in Italy, the flow of immigration from Italy to
South-Africa ceased, causing a steady membership
over the years.
Despite this, our Club has consistently improved its
finances and infrastructures, by marketing itself to all
population groups, however without compromising on the
Italian standard of cuisine and service.
We plan to move in the direction of an “Italian Sporting
Club” that will be open to everybody wishing to be part
of it. We will be negotiating with Nigel Municipality
for the acquisition of more land for the construction of
soccer fields and other sporting facilities.
you for visiting our website, and look forward to have
you as guest at the Nigel Italian Club for a truly
traditional Italian meal.
Nigel-Springs Road, Nigel
P.O. Box 74, Nigel, 1490
Mrs Ciuffani or Mary Loots
Restaurant & Take-Away
Wed & Thu 10h00 - 18h00
Fri & Sat 10h00 - 21h00
Sun 10h00 - 18h00
Fri & Sat 18h00 - 21h00