Freedom Park Phase 2Edit profile
Freedom Park’s vision is to become “a leading national and international icon of humanity and freedom.` Situated on a prominent and ecologically sensitive hill overlooking the capital city of Tshwane, its stated mission is “to provide a pioneering and empowering heritage destination that challenges visitors to reflect upon our past, improve our present and build on our future as a united nation.` It aims to be inclusive of all of South Africa’s people and will retell South Africa’s story underpinned by “the emancipation of the African voice` through the use of Indigenous Knowledge systems in the elaboration of the project as a whole. The first phase includes the development of the Isivivane. Composed of boulders dedicated in the nine different provinces of the country and abroad, it is the symbolic final resting place of those who sacrificed their lives in the pursuit of Freedom. The second phase (2008), Isikhumbuto, is the Place of Remembrance whose features include the “wall of names`, a sanctuary and gallery of leaders and Moshate (hospitality space) all situated around a central gathering space. Its most visible feature is the assemblage of steel “reeds` which are in some places up to 30m high. According to African spirituality reeds are a conduit between earth and ancestors and signify the emergence of new life. The future phase to be completed in 2010 will see the completion of //hapo (the dream), an interpretive centre and Pan-African archive, currently under design. //hapo (The Dream) and the Pan African Archive, which are housed together as a centre of knowledge capturing South African history from as far as 3.6 billion years ago and up to the present day. Their primary objectives are to create a deeper understanding of South Africa and its people, to create new knowledge of South African history, culture, and spirituality, and to place the country’s entire history in a context whose integrity will be respected nationally and internationally.