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5 iconic South African tourism monuments

South African history requires a revisiting wherein the citizens tell stories and record their memories, draw experience from others on the African continent, create a heritage for future generations that unites humanity, and build a future society that does not fail to recognise the contribution of various players in history and their contributions in bringing forth liberation. As South Africa commemorates 25 years of freedom, the establishment of liberation routes, projects along such routes and the history lessons learnt from such experiences will be celebrated.

The Department of Tourism in South Africa is highlighting the fact that tourism as an industry can readily deliver the jobs and sustainable economic growth that our country so urgently needs. To give expression to its mandate, the Department has been at the forefront of the commissioning and construction of destination enhancement tourism facilities through its Working for Tourism Programme.
     As the Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, commented during the unveiling of the Map of Africa at the Agulhas National Park: ‘Through partnerships and collaborations, we are able to ensure the sustainability of the sector’s growth is part of an inter-ministerial process that looking into the establishment of liberation heritage routes in every province that will facilitate the celebrations of our history.’
     It seeks to create jobs through Public Employment Programmes for tourism, by increasing the labour intensity of government-funded infrastructure projects, employment can be provided for the local community and involve small, medium and micro enterprises.
     In addition to the Iconic Map of Africa Monument in the Agulhas National Park, the Sisulu Circle at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, the Cradock Four Garden of Remembrance in the Eastern Cape, The Long March to Freedom Exhibition at the Cradle of Humankind, and the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick, further sites are being developed like the Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Building, the Samora Machel Crash Site in Mpumalanga and the Winnie Mandela House in Brandfort.

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