Freedom Park, Salvokop, Pretoria, Tshwane
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.
 Current known heritage status
Freedom Park is part of the cabinet-approved Legacy Project as well as the Freedom Park Trust.
 Known interested and affected parties
- The Government of South Africa
- Freedom Park Trust
- The Department of Architecture, University of Pretoria
- The Pretoria Institute for Architecture
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.
 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:
- The wall of names (of people who died in eight conflicts in our country's history)
- The Amphitheatre (for events and ceremonies)
- The Sanctuary
- The Eternal Flame (next to the Sanctuary, in remembrance of the many unknown soldiers)
- The Gallery of Leaders (with information on various leaders in our country's history)
- The Reeds (signifying the rebirth of our country)
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 www.freedompark.co.za)
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.
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