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Minister Anroux Marais to promote cultural heritage significance tomorrow

25 September 2019

As we commemorate 50 years since the death of Imam Abdullah Haron, Minister Anroux Marais will tomorrow officially unveil the Provincial Heritage Site plaque at the Al-Jaamia Masjid in Claremont. 

At a separate event later in the day, she will also hand over remains from the Hout Bay Museum for a dignified burial.

Imam Abdullah Haron is affectionately remembered having been involved in the liberation movement in order to bring about change in South Africa. Imam Haron specialised in socially relevant religious teaching and saw this role as an opportunity to bring awareness to social inequalities. The classes he held at the Al-Jaamia Masjid revolutionised the thinking of those who attended. 
 
The value of the Al-Jaamia Masjid and the legacy of Imam Haron 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 as experienced today. 
 
Together with the expert assistance of Heritage Western Cape, the City of Cape Town’s facilitation and valued input from the Muslim Judicial Council, the socio-political and religious significance of this site is now officially acknowledged and will rightfully be promoted in the public domain as a Provincial Heritage Site.   
 
Thereafter, Minister Marais will symbolically handover human remains from the Hout Bay Museum for a dignified and respectful burial at the Hout Bay Cemetery as consultatively agreed upon by relevant stakeholders. 

 

All media are invited to attend:

Provincial Heritage Site Plaque Unveiling:

Date:           Thursday, 26 September 2019
Time:           11h00
Venue:        Al-Jaamia Masjid, Stegman Road, Claremont  
 
Symbolic Human Remains Handover:

Date:           Thursday, 26 September 2019
Time:           15h00
Venue:        Hout Bay Museum, 4 Andrews Road, Hout Bay.  
 
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