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The National

Heritage Monument

A Monument to Unify

All South Africans

Proudly South African, the National Heritage Monument aims to bring South Africa's liberation legacy to the world.

This globally distinct heritage park forms part of a bigger plan for the upgrade and sustainable development of the Fountains Recreation Resort and adjoining nature conservation reserve Groenkloof in the City of Tshwane in Gauteng. Built around The Long March to Freedom, it will provide a centre of learning while offering local and international visitors an unsurpassed tourist experience.


The proposal is to develop a world-class destination that offers a wide range of visitor

attractions, including:

The Long March

to Freedom

An envisaged procession of 400 life-size figures, visitors will be encouraged to walk among the heroes and heroines who brought freedom and democracy to South Africa.

All at eye-level, the statues will offer opportunities for interaction and selfies, while accompanying labels give a snapshot of history and a description of how the person contributed to the liberation story of South Africa. 

The

Heroes’ Acre

Far from being a burial site, the Heroes’ Acre will be a space for celebration, accommodating up to 30,000 people and offering VIP and conference facilities, public amenities and a central piazza connected to the Long March to Freedom.

Far from being a burial site, the Heroes’ Acre will be a space for celebration, accommodating up to 30,000 people and offering VIP and conference facilities, public amenities and a central piazza connected to the Long March to Freedom.

It will be a commemorative monument to South Africa’s struggle icons, themed around the four pillars of the fight for liberation:

The armed struggle

The underground political movement

The international solidarity campaign

The mass mobilization campaign

Africas' Biggest

Water Park

The National Heritage Monument aims to develop a Waterworld Theme park as one of its main attractions.

The proposed water park intends to offer water-based rides, outdoor and indoor heated swimming pools, fast-food kiosks and merchandising retail outlets and will cater for up to 10,000 visitors at any one time.

A Centre for

Learning

A Visitor and Interpretive Complex will house an archive, library, a lecture theatre, an auditorium and an exhibition space.

A space of learning using the latest media technology, the complex will entertain, inform and encourage visitors to travel to other struggle-related heritage sites in South and southern Africa.

Memorial Gardens

The Memorial Gardens will showcase the indigenous plants and trees belonging to those countries around the world that supported the South African liberation movement during the struggle years.

The Memorial Gardens will showcase the indigenous plants and trees belonging to those countries around the world that supported the South African liberation movement during the struggle years.

The gardens will represent the collective efforts and unity of those nations in the most influential international solidarity campaign of the 20th century.

Their significant contribution will be commemorated through ceremonial donations and plantings, symbolizing the shelter and support the African National Congress and other liberation organisations were given during years of exile.

Events & Civic

Activity Areas

A Bite to Eat

Restaurants, cafés, kiosks and deli-style cafeterias in the grounds of the National Heritage Monument will cater to a variety of tastes, and indoor and outdoor seating as well as park benches across the grounds will allow for adequate resting areas.

A Place for Picnics

The grounds of the National Heritage Monument will include dedicated areas where families and friends can picnic and braai in the open park. Visitors can relax near ‘The Long March to Freedom’ and make use of all other public facilities offered by the Fountains Recreation Resort.

Civic Facilities

An envisaged amphitheatre will offer an outdoor venue for a variety of events, while conference facilities, ranging from small meeting rooms to an expansive convention centre will offer more formal meeting venues.

A Space for Recreation

The National Heritage Monument aims to be an important inner city people’s park, with an amphitheatre that will be used for educational purposes, music performances and other outdoor events.

A Market Place

A permanent retail outlet will offer beverages, snacks and curiosities to visitors, while a National Heritage Monument Shop will sell a range of merchandise, books, clothing and branded memorabilia. A space for crafts and antique markets, as well as informal traders, will be set up for periods of time, creating a platform for local crafters and entrepreneurs.

Temporary Exhibitions

Culturally relevant temporary exhibitions will be hosted in an interpretive centre and are conceived to coincide with commemorative days as well as national and international events.

A Historical Tour

Throughout the National Heritage Monument, interpretive outdoor panels detailing aspects of South Africa`s history and its struggle heroes and heroines will be displayed. Brochures, booklets, customised educational packs and aids for educational purposes will be available to school groups, and will form part of the large educational component that the National Heritage Monument is planning to offer.


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