Voortrekker Monument becomes heritage site

2012-02-20 17:09

Johannesburg - The Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria is to be declared a national heritage site, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Monday.

The move was intended to "further evoke a spirit of nation-building and reconciliation", she said at a governance and administration cluster briefing in Cape Town.

The Freedom Front Plus' arts and culture spokesperson Corné Mulder welcomed the announcement, but said it was "a pity" it had not been made by President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation address, in which he had spoken about national reconciliation.

Dlamini-Zuma announced a number of other monuments and memorials that would be constructed or unveiled to "celebrate our heroes and heroines who led the liberation struggle".

These included the homes of Oliver Tambo in Nkantolo and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's in Brandfort. The graves of a number of struggle heroes would be restored and declared heritage sites.

The Voortrekker Monument would be declared a national heritage site next month.

A Voortrekker Monument spokesperson welcomed the move. He said it would not affect the independence of the Voortrekker Heritage Foundation, which runs the monument.

He said it would "improve its protection status", but could not say how much more funding, if any, would be received from the state.

Arts and culture department spokesperson Lisa Combrinck could not immediately be reached for comment.

  • Colin - 2012-02-20 17:18

    I definitely agree it should be declared a national monument;

      Vusi - 2012-02-20 17:26

      Good. I was having nightmares that at the rate Dlamini-Zuma is allowing foreigners into the country we might end up with a Buddha inside the monument. She seems to really love foreigners. The whole world is making us their home!

      Lungani - 2012-02-20 18:10

      @Vusi .. I am not sure where u got your education from, because every nation has foriegners; even Sudan & Afganistan. The minister's knowledge & visionary skills were acquired from foriengn countries. Hence she is about to be chair the African Union(AU). There is always positives and negatives about Foriengners even in USA/England. Its clear u a zenophobic & that is very unfortuante.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 18:17

      @Vusi truely unfortunate. The African countries especially SADC countries have more than what you emjoy today to ensure that SA is free and liberated at the expense of their our people. This is called sacrifice and solidarity. Well said Lungani.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 18:54

      @Vusi. Empty vessel makes a big noise. Its my country and its my continent and there is nothing to fight for now. I fought for it and if you were not there is none of my business. I don't need balls because I am not fighting now we are building with the rest of Africa and the world. In politacl economy its called globalisation. Go for some lectures Chief

      Mandla - 2012-05-10 12:01

      what is the use of it being declared a national monument while it is used to discredit other people

  • HendrikAfrika - 2012-02-20 17:25

    Great news, good for nation building!

  • tyronlouw - 2012-02-20 17:25

    For those people who I suspect might be opposed to this, please read up on the history of the monument and what it stands for before commenting... thanks!

      Putin the " - 2012-02-20 17:41

      Who cares?

      Leon - 2012-02-20 17:58

      putin you are reading this soooo that means.... you do care come on puppydog there we go see you can smile

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-20 17:59

      Tyron- As a result of your comment i did some research on the voortrekker monument and more importantly the leaders that it claims as its founders. Cant say its a glowing history so not sure what you mean by read up the history before commenting.

      Putin the " - 2012-02-20 18:01

      Haha, nice one there Leon! Do you also do massage? its been a long day

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 15:06

      to save some time could you give us the more pertinent facts

      Ampers - 2012-02-22 20:43

      I can't remember the name of the English woman whose ashes are contained within the Voortrekker Monument. She was dark haired and came from Cornwall. After the Boer War she fell sick in England and the Boers clubbed together to buy her a house in England. What WAS her name?

  • Hugh - 2012-02-20 17:27

    If any of the other national heritage sites barring Robben Island are to be referenced then not a cent comes from government. As for the great act of reconciliation what BS. This is but a token reward for Connie being a good puppy and not peeing on the carpet

  • amanda - 2012-02-20 17:31

    Vusi, that was a classic comment. Lol.

  • Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 17:43

    Its great news but I have my doubts that my brothers and sister fromthe other mother will change their mind and reconcile with their fellow South African who were the victim of their brutal policies. Ask Mandela and Arch Tutu they tried so hard an extended an olive hand but until now comments coming in this blog are the testimony. Good luck Zuma.

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 18:01

      Its the other way around actually.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 18:28

      Are you saying the perpetrators of apartheid have reconciled with their victims of apartheid. That Mandela and Tutu have never been preaching reconciliation??????

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 18:33

      Mzwandile - Tutu and Mandela can preach all they like. But truth is, we whites regulary get told to 'go back to europe', get called 'pink pigs' and whatever else. And then when we give you the finger in return, you say that we dont want to reconcile.

      msendi - 2012-02-20 18:53

      Now you judge the whole community of what you call brothers from another mother by the comments you read here. Sometimes comments from this blog doesn't reflect who we really are.

      Dave - 2012-02-20 19:05

      Mzwandile, msendi is right. Don't judge whites by the pathetic comments on this site. It's just because these whingers and (sometimes) racists aren't accepted by society is why they congregate on the internet... anonymously.

      Mzwandile - 2012-02-20 19:28

      Dave and msendi point taken however I was nreferring to the few not everyone. If the shoe fits then wear it saying.

  • Sean - 2012-02-20 17:44

    Excellent news.

  • Ashimizo - 2012-02-20 17:58

    First time in history, there are no negative comments. I wonder why.

      TheJaydedKing - 2012-02-20 18:01

      I fixed that Ashimizo

      Sika - 2012-02-20 18:37

      it is beacause this suites Afrikaans speaking people more than blacks and theres not a lot of blacks in this forum.....and those that are here are members of DA like Vusi

      Dave - 2012-02-20 18:59

      Agreed Ashimizo. I am fed up with the comments on this site... they are not a good reflection of white South Africans. Dave

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 19:37

      Dave, go check out the comments on sowetan sometime.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 17:59

    Oh, I thought it was a national heritage site.

  • logical007 - 2012-02-20 18:09

    Well at least now the government will NEVER be able to change the name of this site!!!!! Union Buildings should have a name change to Furniture City - Its so full of "Lazy-Boys"

  • Nikki - 2012-02-20 18:21

    That's strange...I thought it was already a heritage monument? So what has it then been all these years then? ....Oh snap! Now I get that the ANC have announced it and given it their golden seal of approval/permission it must be so and true....Oh thank you are so kind hearted and rightious...NOT!

  • george.vanniekerk - 2012-02-20 18:38

    AT LAST!....can R.S.A, now please have a "Thanksgiving Day"....I propose the 16th of December! replace (geloftedag?/dingaansdag?/wara-wara dag/braai dag)....Nou Kry Ons Rigting!

      elewies - 2012-02-21 07:34

      Influenced by American populism much?

  • jacobus.uys - 2012-02-20 18:43

    Stand in the centre of the main entrance, and walk in a straight line towards the stone carving of Piet Retief. Have a look at the 2 logo's on his water bottle. Then, forget the history that you believe and start questioning.

      Pieter Uys - 2012-02-20 19:03

      Vertel! Vertel!

      Sinudeity - 2012-02-20 19:10

      He's talking about the masonic symbols on Retiefs gunpower flask. Then again, parlaiment has a nice big obelisk in the grounds, and plenty of accompanying masonic symbolism.

      elemental777 - 2012-02-21 15:19

      problem is that once one starts down that road it becomes a rabbithole that i still have not found the bottom of

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