Durban’s Liberation Heritage Route is part of a larger National Heritage Route which seeks to identify, and in some cases develop sites that are of particularly historical significance to South Africa. Groenkloof Nature Reserve in Pretoria is now home to the impressive National Heritage Monument, aptly entitled The Long Walk to Freedom. The Monument forms part of a historical quadrant of sorts, with the Voortrekker Monument representing South Africa’s pre-colonial history, Freedom Park a symbol of the country’s liberation struggle, and the Union Buildings being the official seat of the democratically elected South African government. The Monument, which ties all three eras together includes the likes of Zulu chief, Bambatha kaMancinza, SACP chair, Dr Yusuf Dadoo, and Black Consciousness leader, Steve Biko, all names represented on Durban’s Liberation Heritage Route.
As of September 2015, when the monument was officially opened, 55 of the planned 400 life-size statues had been erected. Not only are they incredible works of arts, with different pieces having been commissioned from different sculptors, they also offer an amazing visual of the story of South Africa’s political history. So if you happen to find yourself passing through Pretoria one of these days make sure to make the Groenkloof Nature Reserves one of your stops!
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