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Liberation route will highlight Cape Town’s struggle history<p>​‘Cape Town’s heritage must be inclusive and speak to the shared identities of all South Africans, while also celebrating the unique and significant values of our diverse range of cultural groups. The city is rich with monuments and statues that are used as both a means to celebrate our collective heritage and identities as well as to educate current and future generations about our past,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Zahid23.jpg" alt="" style="width:872px;" /> </figure><p>​​The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture branch is in the process of documenting and consolidating sites around the metropole that form part of South Africa’s liberation struggle.</p></span><p>It is envisaged that the project will result in the formation of the Liberation Heritage Route, which will allow locals and visitors to Cape Town to learn more about key events in the liberation struggle as it unfolded in Cape Town.</p><p>The project aims to:</p><p>• Develop an overview of the liberation struggle in the Western Cape, with particular emphasis on Cape Town<br>• Survey some of the sites that have already been identified and which form part of the National Liberation Route and provide an historical overview <br>• Identify sites which have not previously been recognised, and which could form part of the Liberation Heritage Route<br>• Promote heritage education while giving appropriate recognition to the liberation struggle’s contribution to freedom in South Africa</p><p>‘Cape Town is home to many natural and historically significant landmarks that are a must-see, not only for visitors to our city, but also for locals. However, there are numerous significant sites in our city that are crucial to our story. The planned Liberation Route will take the form of a brochure and a map, with details of the sites that form part of the route, and an explanation of how they came to feature in South Africa’s struggle for freedom. It is our hope that once launched, the route will become a feature on the itinerary of many, so that we may amplify Cape Town’s history, but also benefit the communities who live in these areas,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Zahid Badroodien.</p><p>Among the sites already identified for inclusion are the:</p><p>• Trojan Horse massacre memorial in Athlone<br>• Gugulethu Seven memorial in Gugulethu<br>• Mendi Square<br>• Mamre MK Training Camp<br>• Pass Museum in Langa</p><p>‘Additionally, in order to meaningfully redress Cape Town’s colonial and apartheid recognition of historical figures, events or community spaces, we will begin a process to identify significant post-democratic moments, figures or community spaces in consultation with all relevant stakeholders or interested parties. This is a moment to reflect on our shared heritage and together map a city that appropriately and respectfully recognises our painful past, our shared present and a hope-filled future. </p><p>‘Community participation is a vital part of sustainable heritage management. Cape Town communities have a key interest in heritage and have an essential role to play in identifying and protecting heritage resources. Communities are valuable resources of knowledge, and partnerships between the City and the public may empower both. For this reason, the City will promote partnerships between community groups and heritage agencies in the identification, protection and enhancement of heritage resources with the aim to ensure that heritage makes a positive contribution to community identity by better articulating the history of places, people and events,’ added Councillor  Badroodien.</p><p>Residents can forward suggestions for additional inclusions on the Liberation Route to <a href="mailto:albert.webster@capetown.gov.za">albert.webster@capetown.gov.za</a></p>2020-09-22T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1e5df7f1-2c08-437c-9898-dc660c88a689;L0|#01e5df7f1-2c08-437c-9898-dc660c88a689|heritage;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#a4a279af-4b4b-46ae-ab60-475ecf75ef44;L0|#0a4a279af-4b4b-46ae-ab60-475ecf75ef44|Arts and culture1

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