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Government announces an extension of the "Building the legacy" exhibition

10 February 2014

9 February 2014

Government invites the public to visit the “Building the Legacy” exhibition at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria. The exhibition is part of the “20 years of Freedom” campaign. 

The exhibition opened in Tshwane on the 31st of January 2014 and has now been extended until 16 February 2014 due to increased demand. Visitors are welcome from 9am to 5pm every day.

It charts a journey of injustice, despair leading to freedom and hope and is unique in that it offers the general public an interactive view of the last 100 years of South African history.

“ Sol Plaatjie's famous quote ‘Awaking on Friday morning, June 20, 1913, the South African native found himself, not actually a slave, but a pariah in the land of his birth,’ - not only explains the pain felt by many South Africans, but also now shows us that we are no longer slaves, but part of a citizenry that enjoy the fruits of exercising democratic rights. ”

Every person who experiences the exhibition is drawn into the fantasy-world of history as the actors and performers bring  to life the pain we endured as a nation and the freedom we celebrate today.

The exhibition on Building the Legacy , is currently on a nationwide tour, and provides exposure to the general public on the last 100 years of South African history since 1913 and charts our history through Apartheid and through the transition into democratic South Africa.  

Acting GCIS CEO, Phumla Williams, said, “This is an appropriate time for South Africans, especially the youth, to get an understanding and reflect on the challenges faced by their forefathers and to also realise the great strides made since the birth of the new democratic South Africa in 1994. As we celebrate 20 Years Of Freedom this year, let us reflect on our past experiences during the struggle and appreciate where we are today as a nation, and continue to work together with government to address any challenges that still exist. ”

Compared to before 1994 we can now proudly proclaim that millions of people now have water, electricity, sanitation and housing. By our own standards, we declare that this is not good enough; that we must not rest until all the people can claim a better life.
The release of the Census 2011 figures shows a definitive picture of a country that is rapidly changing.   They paint the picture of a country that has increased income levels, an improvement in the roll-out of basic services and amenities, and increased levels of education. 
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Enquiries: Phumla Williams
083 501 0139

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