25 April 2013
As part of the country’s Freedom Day celebrations, South Africans, including tourists, will be offered free entrance to the newly completed //hapo museum at Freedom Park outside Pretoria.
The museum, officially unveiled by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe earlier this week, tells the story of the southern African region dating back 3.6- billion years in an interactive manner.
“//hapo is more than a traditional museum. //hapo is a living interpretive centre – one with which each and every South African will identify personally,” said Freedom Park chief executive Fana Jiyane.
“As we celebrate our peace, unity, freedom and human dignity, we invite all South Africans to visit a place where they will reach a new understanding of a complex past, and explore the diversity that is South Africa’s greatest wealth, and so create shared dreams of the future.”
Freedom Park will be open to the general public for free until 1 May for guided and self-guided tours of //hapo and other elements of the park.
The country’s national Freedom Day commemorations will take place at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 27 April.
Jiyane said Saturday’s celebrations will start with prayers by different faith-based organisations at the Freedom Park in the morning, before proceeding in a cultural parade to the Union Buildings.
He said the park is also hosting educational tours to celebrate Freedom Day with learners from five different schools in Gauteng on 25 and 27 April, in partnership with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).