South African history today can be seen as a lengthy journey which came with plenty of challenges, a difficult journey which eventually led to unity, forgiveness and reconciliation. The freedom we are living in today was the result of selfless actions, hardwork and commitment by many historic icons. For this reason, we celebrate the lives of those who played significant roles fighting for our freedom. In an effort to create historic landmarks, over 50 life-sized statues were recently unveiled during the launch of the National Heritage Monument in South Africa’s capital city, Tshwane.
The Nunnovation team decided to witness this landmark with our own eyes by visiting the reserve and oh, what a sight! The way the statues are structured and placed represents the long walk to freedom and the role each icon played. It is quite obvious that this will be soon be the most visited site in the country.
Present at the launch was Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, Gauteng Premier David Makhura as well as the Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Kgosientso Ramokgopa. “The National Heritage Monument will help us tell the South African story in its completeness and celebrate the rich galaxy of heroic and iconic men and women in all their diversity,” said Makhura.
“Even the most offensive of these statues and symbols of apartheid and colonialism have to be preserved. We must preserve every aspect of our history, both good and bad, so that future generations are not tempted to repeat the same mistakes,” added Makhura.
We encourage everyone, whether living in SA or visiting, to visit this historic landmark. We truly had an awesome date with our iconic heroes, we were reminded of how far our beautiful country has come. The South African story is truly inspirational and it serves as a lesson to young people today that you can accomplish anything with determination and passion. Our struggle icon, under difficult circumstances, visualized a united country with all races living among each other in peace. Today, those visions have become a reality.