PUBLIC NOTICE | PUBLIC COMMENT

INTENTION TO DECLARE

Umqwashu Memorial Site AS NATIONAL HERITAGE SITE

The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) intends to declare the umQwashu Memorial situated on a portion of farm 27, Peddie in the Eastern Cape Province as a National Heritage Site.

The umQwashu Memorial represents a pivotal point in the history of the Eastern Cape. Following the oath that was taken on 14th May 1835 after the migration from Butterworth to Peddie by a group of Mfengu, the Mfengu were among the first African Christian converts, the first to make use of a plough and to plant wheat. They also aligned themselves with the British and were exposed to missionary education the longest of the African groups. This exposure led to some of the first African academics to have come from the Mfengu, for example, DDT Jabavu, the first African to obtain a BA Degree.

Closing date for comments:

UmQwashu –  14 May 2024

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HEIDI WELDON

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