Towards the end of last month Durban Local History Museums (DLHM) ran a seminar on the Durban Liberation Heritage Route, one of the projects run by DLHM. The seminar explained how this UNESCO initiated project came into being, and the importance of recognising the universal value of these sites, which are spread across Durban. By preserving, and in some instances unveiling, the history of these landmarks, the project with ensure that current and future generations will understand the incredible sacrifices that ordinary men and women made in order to achieve the rights that all South Africans enjoy today.
The route currently consists of 30 sites, the majority of which are located within a kilometre of each other inside the city centre, making it an ideal route for a walking tour. Part of the plan for the heritage route is to signpost the sites by means of a brightly coloured wayfinder pylon, which will provide information about each site in both English and Zulu. The wayfinder will also offer ways – by scanning a QR code with their phones or SMSing a free number – that visitors can access further information about the site they’re visiting. When they scan the code or send an SMS, they will be able to visit the website of the Durban Liberation Heritage Route at: www.amandladurban.org.za.
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