Pretoria, 4 December 2019. The Voortrekker Monument’s annual Day of the Covenant church service takes place inside the Monument. This year and exciting new book will be introduced after the service in the art gallery. The book is by Professors Elizabeth Rankin (New Zeeland) and Rolf Schneider (Germany) and is titled From Memory to Marble: the historical frieze of the Voortrekker Monument.

The main gate and the northern gate of the Monument Restaurant will be open from 06:30 to expedite entry to the site. The service will be broadcast via live streaming on the website: www.vtm.org.za.

The service and the sun shining on the Cenotaph will be projected on large screens in the Hall of Heroes. Guests should be aware that because of the architectural design of the Monument, the quality of sound projection is better in the Cenotaph Hall than in the Hall of Heroes. Persons attending the service do not pay entrance fees but a collection will be taken up before the start of the service to help cover the costs of the event.

The programme will be as follows:

06:30 VTM main gate and northern gate open

07:00 Assegaai gates and Monument doors open and guests are seated

08:15 Singing: Song leader, Carmen Venter

08:30 Take up of collection

09:00 Reading of the Covenant

09:05 Covenant service by ds Danie Langner

10:00 Close put aways chairs

10:15 Book introduction Art Gallery

11:00 VTM main gate opens for general public (normal entry fees applicable)

11:30 Canon is fired

12:00 Observe the sun on the Cenotaph

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Guests are cordially requested to arrive early so that they may take their seats in the Monument from 07:30. The doors of the Monument will be closed as soon as the monument is full and late arrivals will be accommodated in tents around the Monument. People who prefer sitting outside may also bring their own folding chairs. The service will be broadcast on speakers outside the Monument.

Wheelchairs and helpers will be available on request in the parking area to transport physically impaired persons to the Monument. Please note that you should use the northern gate at the big amphitheatre (R101) when you leave the site. The service is presented by die Board of Directors of the Voortrekker Monument in conjunction with Die Voortrekkers.

Enquiries regarding the day’s activities may be directed to Annatjie at 012 326 6770 or ontvangs@vtm.org.za. The Managing Director of the Monument, Ms Cecilia Kruger, will be available to the media from 11:00 at the Quo Vadis statue after the introduction of the book. Her contact number is 082 417 4411.

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