Tour of a liberation heritage site earmarked for world heritage


The National Heritage Council (NHC) of South Africa, through its Liberation Heritage Route programme of preserving memories of the South African freedom struggle, is embarking on a campaign to engage with stakeholders and custodians of this heritage.

“We wish to know the challenges that these sites are experiencing. We are also interested in recording the successes that heritage practitioners have experienced in managing the sites” says Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa the Chief Executive Officer of the NHC.

The community met with the NHC on 25 July 2018 at the Vusubuntu Cultural Village Hall, Cradock represented by Cradock Four Families, Cradock Four Garden of Remembrance NPC (CFGR NPC) Board of Directors, Cradock Council of Bishops, Inxuba Yethemba Municipality and Chris Hani District Municipality.

The community has ambitions of turning the space of the Cradock Four and Canon J.A. Calata who were active in the freedom struggle, into a memorial that can contribute to economy of the citizens.

Bishop Mbulelo Goniwe, a community leader says “Among the areas of development in the area in memory of the Cradock Four and Canon Calata include the completion of the People’s History Project, arts and crafts, research and education as well as community beneficiation project”.

The community made a commitment to select the viable projects in collaboration with the local municipalities to explore hosting an annual lecture to celebrate the liberation legacy and take forward the other projects that integrate heritage into the local economic development strategies.

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