Monument of prayer

2019-10-29 06:00
A monument dubbed the flower of Cape Town has been erected at the Westridge Gardens in commemoration of Mitchell’s Plain’s role in mass prayers to end the drought.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

A monument dubbed the flower of Cape Town has been erected at the Westridge Gardens in commemoration of Mitchell’s Plain’s role in mass prayers to end the drought.PHOTO: Samantha Lee-Jacobs

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A pair of praying hands along with a protea has been cast in stone in the serene surroundings of the Westridge Gardens.

The monument of prayer was established in acknowledgement of Mitchell’s Plain and the role it has played in drought relief efforts following a mass prayer for rain.

The interfaith monument was built as a place for reflection, prayer and meditation, says Ashley Potts, a local pastor who was key in the establishment of the monument. The monument symbolises a reminder of the Its Time mass prayer efforts conducted by Evangelist Angus Buchan during his visit to Cape Town in March last year. At the event, hundreds of thousands of people from across Cape Town came together to pray for rain in the height of the drought.

“(At the event) at Swartklip Sports Field, (Buchan) made a prophecy and in that prophecy, Mitchell’s Plain was referred to as the ‘flower of Cape Town’,” says Potts.

“Although this was funded by the Christian faith, this is not a religious monument. We want everyone to use it as a place for prayer and reflection in a tranquil space, surrounded by trees.”

The construction was funded by churches both in and surrounding Mitchell’s Plain.

The process to have it made began in February this year and was eventually approved by the City of Cape Town in August. Construction took nine weeks and the memorial monument was dedicated and launched on Sunday 6 October. 

“(Buchan) requested that we put up a reminder a year later. The religious fraternal then came up with suggestions and it was decided to put up a concrete structure,” says Potts.

“This is really a reminder to the people, lest they forget, that this is what God has done. We asked him for rain. This is a physical reminder that when we ask God for something, he provides. We were barren of water and very close to day zero and now our dams are full. Thousands came together and now we are the only province that enjoys the levels of water that we do. Other provinces are struggling,” says Potts. 

Many locations in Mitchell’s Plain was suggested by members of the committee and fraternal.

Potts says they did not want to place the monument in a location where it would be forgotten.

“Westridge gardens was chosen as it was a neutral place where people can see it,” says Potts. 

The inscription says: “Lest we forget as a people, for in this place, Mitchell’s Plain we called on the sovereign God of Heaven in the time of drought (24 March 2018) and he answered us by sending the rains in its season.”


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