PUBLIC NOTICE | PUBLIC COMMENT
Declare FIRST PHASE OF SITES IN District Six as national heritage site
“The memories of the victims of the Group Areas forced removals of District Six cannot be forgotten. As a vocal member of this close-knit community of District Six, the people will always remember all that District Six epitomised. Even after the Group Areas forced removals of District Six and demolition experienced during apartheid, memory does not forget the varied architectural landscape of District Six in Cape Town and more significantly colourful mix of humanity of varied class, race where people came together.2 For Capetonians the proclamation of District Six in 1960, as a White Group Area in terms of the Group Areas Act (Act 77 of 1957) represented and epitomised the destructive nature and spirit of apartheid. The demolition of the historic District Six left a spatial and visual scar on landscape for all to set eyes on. This visual scar included surviving relics of religious buildings and schools and some housing” (VidaMemoria; District Six Nomination Report).
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