Media Alert: Rocklands Community Hall to receive Provincial Heritage Site plaque | Western Cape Government


Media Alert: Rocklands Community Hall to receive Provincial Heritage Site plaque

19 August 2019

In commemoration of the historical meeting of 20 August 1983 which led to the establishment of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Minister Anroux Marais will tomorrow officially unveil the Provincial Heritage Site plaque at the Rocklands Community Hall in Mitchell’s Plain.

Erf 11553: inclusive of the Rocklands Community Hall, the library, the Memorial Square and the Community Healthcare Centre has both political and social significance in that the community hall was built during the early 1980s and provided a convenient space for mass resistance and large scale political gatherings that were organised by anti-apartheid organisations. 

Held at this iconic location, the meeting in which the UDF was established in 1983 was the start of the largest socio-political movement that united South Africans from diverse backgrounds to fight against apartheid.

The value of erf 11553 lies in its political and social nature and is of outstanding significance for the memorialisation and acknowledgement of civil organisations and their role and contribution to our democratic society.

Together with the expert assistance of Heritage Western Cape and the City of Cape Town’s facilitation, the social and political significance of the Rocklands Community Hall will now officially be acknowledged and will rightfully be promoted in the public domain as a Provincial Heritage Site. 

Former UDF leaders will also be in attendance.

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Date:           Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Time:           11:00

Venue:        Rocklands Community Hall, Corner of Lancaster Road and Parker Street, Mitchell’s Plain 

There will be opportunities for photographs and interviews.

Media Enquiries: 
Stacy McLean

Spokesperson for the Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais
083 504 1171