History and heritage
The grave of Chris Hani, the assassinated leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of
staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe‚ the armed wing of the African National Congress‚ is to be declared a
heritage site as South Africa commemorates the 22nd anniversary of his death.
As South Africa marks 21 years of freedom in April, the country finds itself deep in conversation
about issues of heritage and history – much of it sparked by the removal of the statue of Rhodes
from UCT's campus. But there are many other monuments that pay homage to those who fought
against oppression. Here is our list of 21 unforgettable heroes.
On Salvokop, overlooking the capital and facing the Voortrekker Monument, Freedom Park tells
the story of Africa, from the creation myths to South Africa's struggle against oppression. It is a
place of healing and reflection, and a tribute to ordinary heroes.
The main official observance of Human Rights Month will take place in Eastern Cape, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Uitenhage Massacre. The theme this year is "Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All".
The Kliptown home of Charlotte Maxeke, the mother of black freedom in South Africa, is to be
converted into a museum and interpretation centre, the Gauteng Provincial Government announced
at an event to mark International Women's Day on Sunday.
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