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A total of 75 000 names have been verified to posting to the Wall of Names commemorating eight major South African conflicts.
Freedom Park is a multi-faceted heritage precinct that consists of a series of memorial sites, linked together by the common themes of freedom and human rights.
The ambitious project is ongoing since opening to the public in 2007, and five sites, //hapo, Moshate, S'khumbuto, Uitspanplek, and Isivivane, can be visited. Another two sites, Tiva and Vhuawelo, and the Pan-African Archives, are still to be completed.
Freedom Park in Pretoria's purposeful layout creatively combines architectural elements with symbols drawn from the breadth of South African culture to reinterpret and retell the country’s history, beginning with the geological origins of Southern Africa, 3.6 billion years ago.
The Pretoria heritage site, Freedom Park, represents symbolic reparation for previous conflicts in the history of South Africa. In so doing, past myths and prejudices that have distorted South Africa’s cultural heritage are dispelled, and forgiveness and healing are made possible.
Take the guided tour to gain a better understanding of the complex historical, ideological, and spiritual themes couched in the architecture.
It’s no coincidence that Freedom Park overlooks the Voortrekker Monument, Unisa University, and beyond, to the horizon, for the site’s designers desire that visitors should ‘see’ South African history in a whole new way.
Freedom Park’s major element is S’khumbuto. The six-part memorial consists of the Wall of Names, a massive 700m-long structure that records the names of the many lives lost in the eight major conflicts that shaped South Africa, an amphitheatre, a sanctuary, an eternal flame, the Gallery of Leaders − role models whose leadership has been pivotal in the struggle for human rights and freedom − and finally, embracing it all, the semi-circle of 200 reeds.
Signifying the rebirth of South Africa as a nation, the reeds are Freedom Park’s most recognisable feature, visible from almost anywhere in Pretoria.