This past weekend I was invited, along with a few other Gauteng Province (GP) alums, to join the South African Washington International Program’s (SAWIP) 2015 GP team on their site visit to Freedom Park; This marked the second time I had the privileged to walk through this amazing space and lucky for us we had the same guide, who is an interesting character when posed with the right conversation topics.
Freedom park is situated in Pretoria and was a concept birthed around 2000, by the government, as a place of remembrance. The park, which is situated across from the Voortrekker Monument, was build to house the name of heroes dating back to the World Wars and the South African War. Though there is a lot of controversy around whose name goes on the wall, the long, curved, plasters of names still manages to reflect the diversity of our country’s history and those involved in it.
Within this space there are also a number of gardens that were designed for the public to enjoy as a picnic location, a meditation space or even as a great spot for reading or writing. There is also the option to enter the museum, which exhibits our history from the Khoi and continues in seven stages until it reaches the “Nation Building and Continent Building” epoch.
I did not post too many pictures or want to say too much more about it because I highly recommend Freedom Park as a must see, especially for South Africans. The park is open seven days a week 9:00 – 16:30. Tickets range between R30 and R200 (depends on age and if you are a local/ international visitor).
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