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DECLARATION OF THE WALTER SISULU SQUARE OF DEDICATION, KLIPTOWN, SOWETO, GAUTENG AS A NATIONAL HERITAGE SITE

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GazetteNo: 

42849

Gazette Date: 

Friday, November 22, 2019

NoticeNo: 

1494

Notice Date: 

Friday, November 22, 2019

Gazette Notice Status: 

  • Current

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DiagramNo: 

3944/2005

ShortDescription: 

By virtue of the powers vested in the South African Heritage Resources Agency, in terms of section 27 (5) of the National Heritage Resources Act (No. 25 of 1999) SAHRA hereby declares the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication (previously known as Freedom Square) as a National Heritage Site.

FullDescription: 

As the site of the 1955 Congress of the People, the Walter Sisulu Square represents the most
representative gathering in the history of South Africa and the democratic approach taken in
documenting the vision of ordinary South Africans. The process of drafting the Freedom
Charter was the first time in South African history where all South Africans were given an
opportunity to voice their dreams and hopes for a future democratic South Africa, irrespective
of race, colour, education, language, sex, personal beliefs and organisational affiliation.
This process culminated on 25th and 26th June 1955, at the Congress of the People on a
dusty field that is now the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication, to adopt the Freedom Charter.
The Freedom Charter further, gave the liberation movement a uniform and coherent vision for
a future South Africa and became the basis of the movement. The Constitution of the new
post-apartheid democratic South Africa is based on the demands and rights reflected in the
Freedom Charter and encapsulates its vision as a goal for a fully integrated and inclusive
South African nation.

 
 

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