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Freedom Park, Voortrekker Monument to be linked
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 19, 2011

It is aimed at contributing to mutual understanding and appreciation of various communities and nations.


The Voortrekker Monument, on the other hand, was inaugurated in 1949 as a unique monument which commemorates the pioneer history of Southern Africa and the history of the Afrikaner. The monument also manages Kerkenberg and the Blood River Heritage.


In a statement, the Presidency said the opening of the access road will play a huge part in reconciling South African society as both of these memorial sites represent different faces of South Africa's history and culture.


“The road will also enable easy access of visitors to both institutions, which will play a huge role in nation building and social cohesion, as visitors from both sides come from different political affiliations and cultures,” said the Presidency.


The commemoration of the national day creates a platform to implement the principles embedded in the Constitution of South Africa.


The Preamble of the Constitution states: "We the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of the past, Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom of our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country, and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in diversity”.


The Preamble of the South African Constitution emphasizes reconciliation and nation building principles.


The institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding as a symbol of goodwill to work together to foster reconciliation and the opening of the road is part of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding.
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