Freedom Park is a 52-hectar park which uses architecture to unite South Africans
The Freedom Park is located on Salvokop, situated to the south of the Pretoria CBD, between Nelson Mandela Drive – a major gateway to the city from the South. In full view of the Union Buildings and in close proximity to Unisa and the Voortrekker Monument, The Freedom Park is emerging as a major landmark reshaping and enhancing the skyline of SA’s capital city.
The Freedom Park is a people’s shrine that weaves the story of the events that shaped South Africa to what it is today. It is a reflection of the sacrificial achievements in South Africa. It is intended as a symbol of South Africa’s broken shackles and the hard earned freedom that was a dream for so many for decades.
Designed by a collaboration of three architects firms, Gapp, MMa and Masahabane rose architects, the project is earmarked for completion in 2009, with two of Freedom Park’s elements, namely Isivivane and Sikhumbuto, having been opened for public visitation since 2007.
As time goes by, the Park will play a primary role in healing the nation’s wounds by uniting the diverse people of South Africa towards reconciliation and nation building.