Voortrekker Monument gets heritage status

2012-03-16 15:43

Pretoria - The Voortrekker monument in Pretoria was formally declared a national heritage site on Friday.

"This symbolises a new era ... to tell the South African story and tell it in its entirety," Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile said during the declaration event held at the monument.

The monument was the first Afrikaans one in the country to be declared a national heritage site.

Mashatile told reporters that the Voortrekker monument had a deep historical meaning to the Afrikaans community.

Declaring it a national heritage site was an important step towards reconciliation.

Even though South Africa had a painful past, history had to be remembered "to remind all that democracy in South Africa came at a high price and should be guarded with jealousy", Mashatile said.

The event was attended by Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder, members of the public and tourists visiting the site.

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  • Glyn - 2012-03-16 15:48

    anc is scratching for votes! Ha! Ha!

      Leeu - 2012-03-16 16:08

      lol cant believe they think the whites need their permisiion to declare a monument the boers build as remember-ens and thank to god to what happened at blood river and the right to live in this country

      Bokfan - 2012-03-16 18:02

      Ugh!! Shoot the boer while celebrating their identity. Someone is effed in the head. BTW How was the lunch Paul? We know you wont leave your office unless its for 6 star chow.

      Boeretroos - 2012-03-16 18:02

      For sure the ay n sea is working a plan. However I want to say this: " Keep your grubby little paws off our monument ! " This is Boer property ! - No Trepassing !

      bluzulu - 2012-03-16 19:04

      @ Leeu,Even when the ANC reconciliates with the Afrikaaner section of RSA , It is ridiculed & questioned.For your information only the relevant Governmental department can declare a structure a National Heritage Site. I am sure there are many shades of South Africans' within this department. I personally don't think this structure should have been made a National heritage site at this time.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:14

      from who? are kidding right. ANC doesn't even need to canvass to get its veto-like votes from non-whites...

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-16 21:12

      will farms, where white farmers get murdered also be declared national heritage sites? Sure looks like it the way it is going now.

      Mark - 2012-03-16 21:48

      Paul Mashatile is a mobster and a downright crook. Any decent gvt would steer well clear of this slimeball.

      Spyker - 2012-03-17 12:36

      It is simply a red herring, while in the background they will unilaterally change the name of Pretoria, to some meaningless entity that likely never even existed. Pretoria was built in its entirety, from an absolute feral wasteland - without ANY contribution by the ANC, other than to do their best to destroy it - eg with the cold-blooded slaughter of innocent, unarmed citizens of Pretoria - eg the events of 20 May 1983. Changing place-names is the 1st step in creating an absolutely false history of South Africa - viz constructively denying a certain population group their rightful place in the SAcan economy: ie most pertinently, as the economically most advanced African tribe, since the dawn of time. In parallel Zuma is propagating malicious lies about the war in Angola. This is an attempt (akin to name changes) to create an utterly false perception that somehow the clowns called "MK" (the biggest joke in military history) had won something (other than the ability to torture their own). By creating such "lies", they hope to indoctrinate a new breed of "white SAcan slave" who will unconditionally hand over his/her rightful property, to the insidious evil that is fascist black nationalist regime - the ANC. cont. below..,

      Spyker - 2012-03-17 12:45

      The group of 'white slaves' will be kept "under control" by a select, albeit very small group of white elite - much like the English tried to 'control' the Scottish ‘subjects’ between the 13th and 14th century; ie they aimed to keep the Scottish polarised, by separating a number of Scottish families/nobility – the “Scottish Lords” – by means of medieval “homage” (a form of wilful enslavement) in return for wealth (mostly property seized from other Scots (sounds familiar..?). The “Voortrekker” history is a reality in SA – nobody can wish it away. HOWEVER, nor can anybody wish away SA’s most economically prolific period – the 1950s, -60s, -70s and early ‘80s. A time when SA’s economy was at the strongest in its entire history (and based on trend from ’94 onwards – likely for thousands of years to come). This period defined SA’s entire infrastructure (almost exclusively) and is the most important part of SA’s history BY FAR. Denying this truth, WILL bring those who deny it, untold misery...

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 12:46

      And we will continue to vote for it. Viva ANC Viva.

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 12:52

      Hayisuka Boeretroos u can take ur monument and shove where the sun don't shine for all we care. "hands off our monument" What The Hell.

  • Bobo - 2012-03-16 15:50

    "South Africa came at a high price and should be guarded"

      Pythagoras - 2012-03-16 16:18

      Is that why they are changing all the road and province names???

      bluzulu - 2012-03-16 19:07

      @ Pythagoras, Just like the Germans not being proud of Hitler , South African's does not intend giving recognition to infamous characters guilty of crimes against humanity.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:15

      high 500 to you bluzulu...

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-16 21:22

      "food on our tables will also come at a high price if the white farmers are not guarded"

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 12:45

      Bluzulu u r the man!!!

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 10:12

      Why thank you , Simthandile

  • willem.els - 2012-03-16 15:56

    Does this mean the government will pay all running costs? and make decisions on how the place must be run? If yes i do not see it as goods news.

  • Abel - 2012-03-16 16:02

    watch this space they will criticise and bring ANC into this.

      Deon - 2012-03-16 16:10

      They forgot to invite Juju to smoke the peace pipe.

  • Inky - 2012-03-16 16:10

    Why is it referred to as an Afrikaans monument when the voortrekkers did not speak Afrikaans?

      MSGRule - 2012-03-16 16:13

      What did they speak then? When the left the Cape Afrikaans was formed form Dutch, English, French...

      Leeu - 2012-03-16 16:28

      @inky after reading your comment i guess the search for the missing link is over

      Shirley - 2012-03-16 16:43

      Leeu: Spot on!!!!!!LOL!!!

      Anthony - 2012-03-16 17:02

      leeu --i have red many funny comments --but i think your comment about inky is the funniest i have red this year lol lol lol --it really made my day -thank you

      bluzulu - 2012-03-16 19:10

      They spoke proper Dutch , Inky. Maybe it should be the dutch monument.

      Inky - 2012-03-17 01:45

      @ bluzulu. Thanks for your intelligent reply. I notice the other morons do not know the answer and revert to immature personal insults in an attempt to disguise their ignorance.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-16 16:47

    Anc government can't cease to amaze - celebrate a symbol of apartheid?! I mean, it was at the very venue that afrikaners and other whites drew inspiration from to intensify oppression against black people. Voortrekker monument should be demolished like all other apartheid symbols. It is an affront to any efforts of reconciliation and would never rally any sense of patriotism both now and in teh future.

      Theo - 2012-03-16 16:57

      @David ... can only feel sorry for you, totaly unable to think past hatred and race.

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-16 16:58

      Eh? It wasnt a symbol of apartheid dude. It was raised to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. Please man, englighten yourself before speaking crap about something you obviously dont know anything about.

      Bobo - 2012-03-16 17:03

      Show me your monument david.

      Shirley - 2012-03-16 17:13

      I geus you skipped history classes then hey????

      bluzulu - 2012-03-16 19:11

      @ Theo, sounds alot like your comrades on this site,

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:42

      its happening bro...animal farm.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-03-16 21:30

      I agree with Barend....we put our differences aside and let Nelson Mandela out of prison and allowed democracy in this country because we wanted to unite as "one" , but instead we got millions of unemployed youths (hint hint an....c...yl) that have no clue whatsoever about this country's history that all want play football with Malema cause he got a football made out of gold and everyone can have one too if they follow him....putting things simply.

      Jonathan - 2012-03-17 08:30

      Hey comrade David - symbol of apartheid? You are so f#$@king stupid. If you want real bloodshedding war in this country you must just try and demolish the Voortrekker Monument. As piece loving as I am you aint seeing nothing yet. You and the brothers will bleed my dear comrade. You don't want to go there.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-17 14:47

      @ Barend, Yes we all agree that RSA is what it is today because of our history however this was accomplished whilst standing on the backs of others. If you put this into context older civilizations ruled as the Apartheid government did as a The Egyptian Pharoahs used slaves to build the Pyramids BC however with the tools and slavery at the hands of the Apartheid government , I suggest this country should be further ahead in 1994 than we were.

      Juan Olivier - 2013-11-23 09:29

      You must be very proud that you demonstrated a new level to the word stupidity.

  • Willem - 2012-03-16 16:59

    Why do we need to reconcile? What did I do to any of you? Life with these people, always the same crap. Go and play in the sand.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-16 19:14

      Educate yourself with a South African History book, You will be enlightened.

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 13:07

      @ Rowan what do u mean by "letting Mandela out of prison"? U didn't have a choice ur bums were on fire from the riots and the armed struggle. Please don't flatter ur self.

  • brainbowgold - 2012-03-16 17:03

    However painful, this is truly a great declaration of what we South Africans stand for. Embrace it.

  • David - 2012-03-16 17:11

    Did not know the country is so loaded with bigots and buffoons. Sure, there are many negative issues around, but just now and then the hand is offered -- so why bite it every time. Catch a life guys. Don't be like so many out there -- Look ahead, not backward. Help make the future a bit rosier.

  • Heiku - 2012-03-16 17:14

    Die vierkleur sal weer wapper.

  • sakhikhaya.dlala - 2012-03-16 17:47

    Good Job. Let's just hope you did for all the right reasons though.

  • Galito - 2012-03-16 17:52

    Lethe you are one Bafoon. Leeu God never helped the afrikaners at blood river. The ou sanna helped them. How the F can you compare spears with firearms. As far as i know it was not a bolt of lightning from heaven that killed so many Zulus.

      Galito - 2012-03-16 17:54

      Typo I meant david.lebethe

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-03-16 17:57

      Thousands of zulus against a few hundred afrikaners.. God Allmighty helped the boere that day like it or not ;)

      Galito - 2012-03-16 18:05

      Yup Yup. Mr van Wyk You can fool yourself but not everyone. Do the Maths my friend. Distance that bullet can kill versus spear. Afrikaners like to gloat my friend just as gloating about the SADF. Let me tell you the best And most efective Combatants Where 101 battalion, 32 battalion and koevoet. Now go and figure out how many afrikaners served in those units

      Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-03-16 18:41

      I think you need to go do the maths sir. Consider the time it took to load one of those sannas, the massas of zulus storming down on a small group of Afrikaners.. We aren't gloating, just thanking God for the victory he gave us that day. As far as l am aware the majority in those infantries were white afrikaners yes, where's your proof?

      Jonathan - 2012-03-17 08:42

      Galito. Who was the aggressors? Who attacked who? The Afrikaners f@#$ked them up 6-naught with the help of GOD. They came looking for it and the Afrikaners gave it to them so stop being a pissy!!!

  • Riaan Werner Van Wyk - 2012-03-16 18:02

    Fantastic! As an Afrikaner l am so proud of what my forefathers have accomplished..

      Galito - 2012-03-16 18:08

      Yep and they thought that the son of an ARAB was white

  • WBHSWART - 2012-03-16 19:12

    Thank you Mr Mashatile for acknowledging this... It means a lot to me and my family. I agree that this will help with the healing process and that we should move on from the past. It hurts me to see that people are still stuck in the past - Move on people! If not for yourself, do it for our future.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:13

    OMG...murder was there...i hope he doesn't develop a new 40% theory in Pretoria...

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-16 20:45

    How ironic I lived in Pretoria for two years and everyday to work I passed this strange brown pile of rocks that i don't even know its meaning in Africa and name...

      Bobo - 2012-03-17 11:36

      Then go visit the monument, it`s not "Holy Ground"...You might learn a lot.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-17 12:44

      why would i waste my time on evoking painful past that my parents had to undergo...?????????

      Bobo - 2012-03-18 09:01

      Liberation before education ???....I really thought you were smarter than that !

      Hugo - 2012-03-18 10:24

      @The-Azanian The monument has nothing to do with your parents or what they had to go through. I'm not belittling that - but get your facts straight first. Go read up on it - it was built long before Apartheid.

  • ThandaMzansi - 2012-03-17 01:12

    For once, I have to applaud our government. For all the people on this site who are calling this an apartheid monument, I have to ask - are you really that stupid? Apartheid started in the 1940s. HUNDREDS of years after the voortrekkers made their journey. I approve of remembering our history - ALL of our history. The Afrikaners are the only white African 'tribe' out there, and they deserve to preserve their heritage as much as anyone else.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-18 10:41

      Apartheid started in the 1940's. What colouring book did you get that information from?

      bluzulu - 2012-03-18 10:43

      All types of blacks were disenfranchised much much earlier than that. I suggest you educate yourself with RSA history before making a fool of yourself with ridiculous statements.

      Zion - 2012-03-18 11:09

      Your statement that apartheid started in the 1940's is accurate and correct.

      Zion - 2012-03-18 11:13

      Hey Bluzulu: Remember the Eskimo story about the name being derogatory. Sorry mate you were proven very wrong indeed. Eskimo is an internationally accepted name for the 2 tribes of Eskimo's. Next time you use Wiki then do it properly.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 10:16

      @ Zion,We had representaives of the Iniut people visit NZ last year with this message of educating people regarding the name of their people. I suggest they know their own history better than the rest, Cos a culture from Europe called them Eskimo's does not make it acceptable in teh 21st century.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 17:39

      Zion , you keep on lying to yourself. Cecil john Rhodes started the disenfranchising of this land's people in 1890 with the "Glen grey act" which removed the indigenous cultures from their land, SEE FREE EDUCATION HERE!!!

      Juan Olivier - 2013-11-23 09:25

      Actually the Boer are the only white people that sleeked to establish a republic, the Afrikaners where the people that stayed in the cape happy under British rule.

  • Jonathan - 2012-03-17 08:34

    And I should have also added, I am not talking about a pathetic rightwing movement on horses and Isuzu bakkies. Moet nie krap waar dit nie jeuk nie. Go figure this one out.

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 08:10

    Hayibo ThandaMzansi how can APS

  • Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 08:12

    Hayibo ThandaMzansi! The ANC was founded in 1912 so what do u mean apartheid only started in 1940? Don't call other people stupid. Look in the mirror baba.

  • Zion - 2012-03-18 11:18

    Slightly off topic. Take a look at the tv programme "Voetspore" We in South Africa really have it good as compared to the "rest of Africa" The poverty one sees there is truly hard hitting. Children out foraging for food strikes at the core of one's humanity. Most 0f these countries had a colonial history and they are the poorest. What does the future hold.

      Simthandile Mpondo - 2012-03-18 12:39

      Zion please learn to read. Apartheid started way before the 1940's but what the National Party did was to make it an official government policy in 1948. Stop smoking weed and start reading sibhanxa ndini.

      bluzulu - 2012-03-19 17:41

      Have your eyes tested Zion the same is happening in RSA. This character is a dropkick.

  • Dakey - 2012-03-19 09:04

    Mature step by the ANC. Period.

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