Freedom Park, Salvokop, Pretoria, Tshwane

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Date of origin
2002 (ongoing)
Previous names
Salvokop Hill / Timeball Hill
Salvokop Hill

Magisterial district
South Africa
GPS coordinates
S 25° 45.846 E 28° 11.238
Planning authority name
City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality
Newtown Landscape Architects (NLA)
GAPP Architects & Urban Designers,
Project architect/Designer
Graham Young (Landscape Architect)
Commissioning owner
Freedom Park Trust
Current owner
Freedom Park Trust
Current occupant
Freedom Park Trust
Previous uses
Current use
Public Park
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[edit] Significance

Freedom Park, a dedicated heritage precinct, is situated on Salvokop, Pretoria. The Park allows visitors access to a spiritual outdoor space and allows them to acknowledge the past and celebrate the achievements of democracy. The landscape of Freedom Park is a symbol of cultural heritage and exemplifies hope for the future for South Africans and humanity in general. Freedom Park tells the tale of South Africa in a visual and interactive way and will be comprised of a memorial (Isivivane), an interactive museum and a Garden of Remembrance.

[edit] Current known heritage status

Freedom Park is part of the cabinet-approved Legacy Project as well as the Freedom Park Trust.

[edit] Known interested and affected parties

[edit] History

Nelson Mandela was describing Freedom Park when he said in 1999: "the day should not be far off, when we shall have a people’s shrine, a freedom park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain so we should experience the joy of freedom.” Construction of the first phase commenced in July 2003 and was completed in March 2004. In December 2007, Freedom Park was opened to the public.

[edit] Description of site and/or structures and/or interior spaces

Freedom Park consists of various elements commemorating the struggle for humanity and freedom in our country. A narrative route is followed, passing several elements communicating a story of trials and victories, and include:

Isivivane (Boulders): Each province was asked to donate a boulder from a place of historical significance, and these boulders, along with a boulder for the government and one for the international community, have been arranged to create a place where the spirits of those who have died for our country can come to rest. The area is shrouded in mist, and various religious leaders have performed sacred rituals and ceremonies here, laying the spirits to rest. This space is considered the most sacred at Freedom Park, and visitors have to remove their shoes if they intend to enter it.

S'khumbuto: On the top of Salvokop lies the major memorial, S'khumbuto. It consists of various elements:

Moshate: A hospitality suite for presidential and diplomatic functions.

Mveledzo: A spiral path linking all the elements of Freedom Park.

Uitspanplek: A recreational lawn where families or groups can relax after visiting the park.

There are still various other elements under construction:

//hapo: An interactive storytelling space.

Pan African Archives: Planned knowledge base and storage facilities.

Tiva: A large body of water.

Vhuawelo: A peaceful garden and walkway.

(All information obtained from

[edit] Links

[edit] Sources

LOOTS, A. 2006. Freedom Park: A spiritual Journey. Urban Green File, 11(2), June, 30-37.

YOUNG, G. & DARROL, L. 2004. Freedom Park: A landscape narrative of South Africa's History and Heritage. Urban Green File, 9(2), June, 18-23.

[edit] Photo's

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