Freedom Park is an ideal venue for all events, with a number of venues that cater to all tastes and needs.
With its award-winning architecture, breath-taking views of Pretoria and incredible atmosphere, Freedom Park offers an ideal venue for all events. There are a number venues that cater to all tastes and needs. For information about hiring a venue, read here.
The Annual Memorial Services (Freedom Park) and the SADF Wall of Rembrance (Voortrekker monument Heritage Site)
Where: Freedom Park (Isivivane, PTA, City of Tshwane).
Description: In what could be billed as one of the greatest show of unity and reconciliation amongst former sworn enemies, representatives of the SA National Military Veterans’ Association (SANMVA), APLA Military Veterans’ Association (MVA), AZANLA MVA, BDF MVA, the (ex-SADF) Council of Military Veterans’ Organisations (CMVO) and MK MVA, together with one representative each from the SANDF and the Department of Military Veterans, will conduct a joint wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park (Isivivane, PTA, City of Tshwane) on the morning of the 25th of May 2014. After the wreath laying ceremony in Freedom Park, guests will depart to the SADF Wall of Remembrance at the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site using the reconciliation road officially opened by President Zuma in 2011, for a second wreath laying ceremony.
“There couldn’t have been any better affirmation of this partnership than this upcoming event, especially after the two institutions (Die Erfenisstigting and Freedom Park) recently signed a memorandum of understanding between them. This event further recognizes our painful past we all had to endure as a nation whilst understanding that the future ahead can only be better shaped through unity, national building and reconciliation. It also clearly illustrates our joint commitment to support our men and women in uniform who serve the country all over Africa”, says Major General (Rtd) Gert Opperman, the Managing Director of Die Erfenisstigting.
“We feel indeed honored to avail this sacred space to veterans from various formations who chose peace and reconciliation to shape the kind of society we all enjoy to live in today. It is through the sacrifices of the liberation heroes and heroines including those who paid the ultimate price that South Africa is free from all forms of oppressions today”, says Ms Jane Mufamadi, Acting CEO of Freedom Park.
The proceedings at the SADF Wall of Remembrance at the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site start at 09h00 for 09h30. It will be preceded by the wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park (Isivivane) commencing at 06h30 for 07h00 and finishing at 8am.
For more information:
Ms Elsa Daniels
Public Relations Officer
+27 (0)12 336 4006
+27 (0)79 515 3371
Ms Lizette Jansen
Die Erfenisstigting / The Heritage Foundation
+27 (0)12 325 7885
+27 (0)74 255 8078
Freedom Park co-hosts Freedom Day celebrations on 27 April 2014
When: 27.4.2014 - 27. 4.2014, 4am – 8.30am
Description: On Sunday, 27 April 2014, the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile, hosts the office of the Presidency, during interfaith prayers and a wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park as part of the celebrations of 20 years of democracy.
In line with the national commemorative theme for this year, ‘South Africa - a Better Place to live in. We have a good story to tell’, and as part of the day’s activities, Freedom Park will host an interfaith prayer session, starting at 4am at Isivivane, one of the Park’s spiritual elements.
The programme starts with an illumination of the ‘Patriotic Freedom Tree’, which aims to encourage the public to appreciate the price paid by freedom fighters in liberating South Africans from the shackles of apartheid and colonialism to make it their patriotic duty to work for a better South Africa in which the dignity of every individual is restored.
Thereafter interfaith prayers will be conducted by representatives of the nine religious faith groups in South Africa, which will include religious leaders from a number of faiths, such as Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Rastafarian, Baha’ism, Hari Krishna Faith and Judaism, as well as African traditional religion.
The prayers will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony. The South African National Defence Force will lead the handover of the wreath to the Deputy President, who will then lay the wreath on the national boulder, to honour the fallen heroes and heroines who laid down their lives for freedom and humanity.