16 April 2020, Pretoria.
The Voortrekker Monument has just been informed by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) that no less than three entities on the site have been graded as historical venues.
The Monument, a declared grade I National Heritage Site by the SA Heritage Resources Agency in 2011, has been awarded a 4 star grading as historical venue whilst the Anglo-Boer War fort, Fort Schanskop and the large Monument Amphitheatre dating to 1949, have each been graded as 3 star historical and events venues by the TGCSA.
Earlier this year, the Voortrekker Monument was approached by the TGCSA, who has decided to sponsor the grading fees for the site. This initiative forms part of the City of Tshwane and TGCSA’s joint campaign to assist various sites to grade their venues.
The Voortrekker Monument is nestled in a 341 ha nature reserve and is a prominent tourism attraction in Gauteng. The highlight inside the monument is undoubtedly the historical marble frieze in the Hall of Heroes, regarded as one of the longest in the world. The acoustics in this hall is comparable to European cathedrals and produces a 6 second echo, rendering it ideal for classical music and choir performances.
Fort Schanskop is a Provincial Heritage Site and one of four Anglo-Boer War forts around Pretoria that was constructed in 1897 after the Jameson Raid. Today, it houses an Anglo-Boer War museum and is used for functions and events, such as the popular monthly Park Acoustics concerts.
The Monument Amphiteater was constructed for the inauguration of the Voortrekker Monument on 16 December 1949. It can accommodate up to 30 000 people and is regarded as one of the largest open air amphitheatres in Africa. It has been used for international music concerts before.
For a Virtual tour of the monument and more information about the site and its facilities, visit our website at www.vtm.org.za.
ISSUED BY: CECILIA KRUGER
VOORTREKKER MONUMENT AND NATURE RESERVE