Struggle heritage route for Durban

Article published in The Daily News

The eThekwini Municipality is at an advanced stage in creating a “liberation heritage route” in Durban aimed at honouring the people and places in the city that paved the way for democracy.

The project is part of the South African National Heritage Council’s national initiative to commemorate local sites and icons of the struggle for freedom and democracy in South Africa.

Thirty sites around Durban, including Warwick Avenue, where hundreds of families were forcibly removed by the apartheid government, the Curries Fountain Stadium, where trade union congress Cosatu was launched, and the offices of the feared Security Branch will be part of the route.

According to a report presented at the city’s community and services committee recently, route markers will be installed at the first 18 sites this year, with the remaining 12 to be completed next year.

The site markers, described as “wayfinder pylons”, will be placed on pavements as close as possible to the relevant site.

Former-Security Branch offices

Former-Security Branch offices

Each marker will have an inscription in English and Zulu as well as an image on the significance of the site.

In addition, each marker will also have QR codes, which will enable people with web-enabled smartphones to click on the code and get more information on the site.

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