Millions for Chris Hani remembrance monument

2012-11-07 06:45

The Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality may spend up to R10 million on a monument and wall of remembrance for slain struggle icon Chris Hani.

According to a municipality tender advertisement, Ekurhuleni requires a company with a Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) registration of 6CE (Civil Engineering Works) which means the project will be for concrete fencing and be valued between R5 million and R10 million.

Potentially emerging companies (5CE) are also invited to tender for the contract. The 5CE grade is for contracts between R3 million and R5 million.

CIDB grades determine a company’s financial history (turnover) including the amount of capital it has to sustain a contract and its capability in the largest contract it has undertaken and completed in its class.

According to the municipality, the contract will be for the “construction of Chris Hani monument, walk of remembrance and the wall of remembrance”.

Hani, a former Umkhonto we Sizwe chief of staff, was assassinated by far right-wing fanatics, Januzs Walus and then Conservative Party MP Clive Derby-Lewis, in April 1993.

He died outside his home in Dawn Park, Boksburg, and is buried at the Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park Cemetery (formerly South Park).

Earlier this year, the grave of Hani, the ex-SA Communist Party (SACP) general secretary, was vandalised and his tombstone defaced, causing R23 000 worth of damage.

Ekurhuleni municipality insiders told City Press the monument was partly in response to the incident, including plans to have the grave declared a national heritage site.

The graves of late ANC treasurer-general Nkobi in Boksburg and artist Thami Mnyele in Tembisa have also been nominated for national heritage site status.

Ekurhuleni SACP district secretary Masele Madihlaba said the monument would be similar to OR Tambo’s at the Tamboville Cemetery in Wattville, Benoni but referred further enquiries to the municipality’s spokesperson Sam Modiba, who could not be reached for comment.

Tambo’s grave is a national heritage site and was officially opened by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe two weeks ago.

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