Pretoria, 14 February 2020. The doors of a brand new take-away facility with the name Oom Paul’s Deli will open on 15 February 2020 at the Voortrekker Monument. It is conveniently situated to the right of the stairs leading to the Monument and the facility promises to meet the culinary needs of both local and international tourists with a fresh and modern approach.

Why, one could ask, is the new deli named after Oom Paul? What does he have in common with the Monument? There are several connections between this staunch old Father of the Nation who was President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republic between 1884 and 1902, and the Voortrekker Monument.

In the first place, President Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger, who is mostly connected to the South African Anglo Boer War (1899-1902), took part in the Great Trek as a young boy with his parents. Amongst others, he was in the laager during the Battle of Vegkop in 1836 which is depicted on panel 5 of the marble frieze in the Hall of Heroes of the Monument.

Many years later, at the 50th commemoration of the Battle of Blood River in 1888, Oom Paul suggested during the official events of the day that the trials and tribulations of the Voortrekkers should be commemorated in the form of a memorial or a monument in Pretoria. Although this idea only materialized in 1938, he can be considered as the ‘father’ of the idea and of the Voortrekker Monument.

After the failed Jameson-raid of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republic in 1896, Oom Paul decided to secure Pretoria by erecting forts on the hills around the city. Fort Schanskop, which was completed first, was purchased from the municipality by the Voortrekker Monument in 2001. Today it is one of the historical attractions on the site.

Last but not least one of the most well-known tourist attractions in the country, The Kruger National Park, also carries Oom Pauls name. How is this relevant you might well ask? The answer is obvious: the new owners of Oom Paul’s Deli, namely Tindlovu, have been managing several take-away and restaurant facilities in the game reserve for several years and are looking forward to this new challenge to commemorate Oom Paul in this manner.

For more information contact Zandrie at 082-521-0491 or vtm@tindlovu.co.za

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