The world celebrated International Monuments and Sites Day on 18 April 2014 under the theme “Heritage of Commemoration”. The latest addition to the international monuments in South Africa is the towering statue of
President Nelson Mandela at the historic Union Buildings in the capital city Pretoria.
This day, which is now celebrated the world over, was traditionally known as the World Heritage Day. The co-naming of the day, which is more inclusive, was suggested by the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in 1982 at their meeting in Tunisia and approved by UNESCO in 1983.
The National Heritage Council (NHC) encouraged citizens to take note of the significance of monuments and heritage sites that surrounds them in their communities.
In South Africa, many museums and heritage sites celebrated the day by offering free entry or hosting special activities.