Die monument was opgerig ter ere aan die Voortrekkers wat onder Britse beheer vanuit die Kaapse kolonie weggekom het en hul eie onafhanklike republieke gestig het. Sover as wat die Voortrekkers gereis het in ossewaens, het hulle dorpies gebou en gestig – heelwat republieke gestig, waarvan onafhanklike status gekry het. Die twee BOERE republieke die bekendste wat onafhanklike status gekry het. En dis ook hierdie BOERE republieke wat die Engelse kom aanval en annekseer het, saam al die myne en minerale, wat hulle sedert 1902 uit London beheer het. Die wat in die Kaapkolonie agtergebly het, het heelwat as Rebelle help veg in die Anglo Boere Oorloë teen die Engelse. Die Engelse inmenging het Wyle Dr Verwoerd in 1961 verlaat, maar die ANC het in 1994 weer by die Engelse aangesluit (Commonwealth). So vandag is daar groot invloede in ons land vanuit daardie land af.
Inaugurated on December 16 1949, the Voortrekker Monument was built to honour the Voortrekkers or pioneers who sought liberation from the British and embarked on a journey into the interior of southern Africa called the Great Trek. The biggest monument in Africa, this magnificent, 41 meter tall monolith south of Pretoria is a cultural icon and the pride of the Afrikaner people.
The Voortrekker Monument Pretoria stands over 40 meters tall on its hilltop home, and is visible from a large part of the capital. It was built to describe the history of the Afrikaner pioneers who left the Cape Colony, where they suffered under British rule, to travel to the interior of the country from 1835 to 1854 on what has come to be known as the Great Trek. A unique marble Frieze circles the inside walls of the Voortrekker Monument.
In bas-relief, 27 panels depict the story of the Great Trek from 1835 to 1852. The Frieze not only shows the history of the Great Trek, but also shows how the Voortrekkers went about their every day lives. It also provides an insight on their religious beliefs and work methods of the Voortrekkers and historic wars, such as the Battle of Bloodriver. Cenotaph Hall is located on the lower floor, and is home to the Cenotaph (empty tomb). On 16 December every year the sun shines down through a small hole in the centre of the Voortrekker Monument roof, onto the Cenotaph, lighting up the enscribed words: “Ons vir jou Suid Africa” (“We for thee, South Africa”). Many thousands of South African’s travel from a far for this special memorial event.
The idea to build a monument in honour of the Voortrekkers was first discussed on 16 December 1888, when President Paul Kruger of the South African Republic attended the Day of the Covenant celebrations at Blood River in Natal. However, the movement to actually build such a monument only started in 1931 when the Sentrale Volksmonumentekomitee (SVK) (Central People’s Monuments Committee) was formed to bring this idea to fruition. Construction started on 13 July 1937 with a sod turning ceremony performed by chairman of the SVK, Advocate Ernest George Jansen, on what later became known as Monument Hill.
On 16 December 1938 the cornerstone was laid by three descendants of some of the Voortrekker leaders: Mrs. J.C. Muller (granddaughter of Andries Pretorius), Mrs. K.F. Ackerman (great-granddaughter of Hendrik Potgieter) and Mrs. J.C. Preller (great-granddaughter of Piet Retief). The Monument was inaugurated on 16 December 1949 by the then-prime minister D. F. Malan. The total construction cost of the Monument was about £ 360,000, most of which was contributed by the South African government. A large amphitheatre, which seats approximately 20,000 people, was erected to the north-east of the Monument in 1949.
Voortrekker monument – Pretoria
The History of the Voortrekker Monument Part 1
History of Voortrekker Monument Part 2
REG TOT VRYHEID EN ONAFHANKLIKHEID
VRYHEID – VOORTREKKER – IN AFRIKAANS
The artist W.H. Coetzer designed the tapestries, after which nine women of the ATKV embroidered for eight years to complete it. The series of tapestries depict scenes from the Great Trek, placing the accent on the role of women. The Tapestry contains 3,3 million stitches. The design was apparently undertaken in 1938, but I’m not sure when they started the embroidery of the paintings… https://visitstothepark.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/the-famous-tapestry-in-the-voortrekker-monument/
ELKE VOLK HET ‘N INTERNASIONALE REG OM OOR HULSELF TE REGEER
Dit is nie rassisme nie.
Na 1994 het al die etniese volke deel gevorm van hul eie “grondwet” wat hulle geskep het, en steeds apart gebly in Trustgebiede wat Tuislande vervang het. Grondeise is ook aparte gebiede vir sekere bevolkings – swart en bruin. Waarvan die bekendste is Ingonyama Trust, wat slegs vir die Zoeloevolk is en Richtersveld is een van ses wat slegs vir Khoisan volke is.
Segregation is not over – the socalled apartheid. Ingonyama Trustland is only for the Zulu people while the Khoisan can live on their own CPA and Trustland – Richtersveld.