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LLocated in the centre of Groenkloof Nature Reserve is a chain of life-sized bronze human statues. There are currently 100 anti-apartheid struggle heroes who stand proudly together - over time the project will expand to represent 400 remarkable South Africans. They are collectively known as “The Long March to Freedom”.
They reflect the history of the country’s liberation. The Long March to Freedom aims to provide a centre of learning while offering local and international visitors an unmatched tourist experience. They are beautifully made from bronze by some of the best new and established artists in the country.
IIt aims to bring South Africa’s liberation legacy to the world and serves as a complex chronicle of our long walk to freedom. In its completeness the monument as whole will be a tourism attraction, which will also offer food, arts and crafts.
The Long March to Freedom
The sculptures have been mounted at eye-level allowing guests to interact freely with them.
We recommend finding one of the tour guides on site to provide information on the making of the bronzes in these historical and enlightening tours. The tour guides also contribute to the ongoing social media coverage of the site, and report visitors' interactions with the sculptures in a moving and unique way. These include ritual ceremonies in front of chiefs and kings and simulations of battle cries with Zulu kings and warriors.
TThe Long March to Freedom procession is a celebration of democracy. It represents the heroic journey to freedom walked by iconic leaders through the eras, demonstrating a prolonged struggle that began long before the advent of apartheid. The statues range from heroic figures who were at the front of anti-colonial wars, to modern freedom fighters.
Nelson Mandela, Oliver and Adelaide Tambo, Walter and Albertina Sisulu, Pixley Ka Isaka Seme, John Langa Libalele Dube, Steve Tshwete, Solom Kalushi Mahlangu, King Nyabela, Samora Machel and Wilton Mkwayi are just some of the heroes walking in unison toward South Africa’s desired future.
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