Historic steps retraced

2017-09-20 06:02
Participants in the Cultural and Heritage March, hosted by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the National Heritage Council, march from one historic site in Kimberley to the next.Photo: Supplied

Participants in the Cultural and Heritage March, hosted by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the National Heritage Council, march from one historic site in Kimberley to the next.Photo: Supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Harry Oppenheimer Gardens is one of the oldest historical sites in Kimberley.

Previously known as the Malay Camp, it was a cosmopolitan suburb which was subject to forced removals due to the Group Areas Act.

It housed members of a diversity of cultures and ethnic entities from around the world who came to Kimberley to stake a claim in the diamond rush.

The Malay Camp expanded to include areas like that of the current post office, the Market Square, the William Humphreys Art Gallery and the Sol Plaatje University (SPU), as well as what used to be the William Pescod Education Institution, a former “coloured only” learning institution.

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the National Heritage Council organised a Cultural and Heritage March, in the form of a cultural parade, to historic sites in Kimberley which have strong significance regarding heritage.

Held on Wednesday (13/09), the parade reflected on historic sites in order for participants who come from from a diverse background to understand where we are today and who we truly are.

It was also part of celebrating Heritage Month and the build-up towards the Golden Shield Heritage Awards (Gosha) held on Friday (15/09).

The awards are held annually to recognise and honour those who have contributed to the preservation, protection and the promotion of South African heritage.

Gosha celebrates excellence specifically in the heritage sector under the theme “Celebrating Cultural and Heritage Champions in the 100 years of Oliver Tambo”.

To many, the parade was a reminder not to lose sight of their heritage. It also taught them how the different strands of history have influenced and shaped them to become who they were, and what it meant to be free.

Starting at the Oppenheimer Gardens, the parade moved through Eureka Street, into Lennox Street and into De Beers Street.

De Beers Street was chosen as a reference to the mining giants that monopolised the diamond mining industry in Kimberley and later the gold industry in the country.

From here the parade proceeded towards Phakamile Mabija Road, which used to be divided into Transvaal Road (which became the N12, and used to lead straight to the old Transvaal Republic) and Jones Street (named after William Thomas Jones, who had owned a pub called the Old Clock in Market Square Street).

It was renamed to honour the struggle stalwart who had been thrown to his death from the sixth floor of the Special Branch Police Station housed in the same street.

The parade also passed by the statue of Frances Baard, who was born in Beaconsfield in 1909 and joined the ANC in 1948 when apartheid was legalised.

She was part of the drafting of the Freedom Charter in 1955 and also of the 1956 Women’s March.

She was banished, jailed and was penniless and jobless until she died a pauper.

The parade ended at the SPU.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.