#SAHeritage: OR Tambo house in Zambia new heritage site

2017-10-14 14:30 - Gabi Zietsman
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(Twitter / @PresidencyZA)

(Twitter / @PresidencyZA)

Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma launched on Friday an OR Tambo heritage site in Zambia while on a state visit.

One of the struggle stalwart's safe houses in Chelston, Lusaka, the heritage site not only commemorates OR Tambo's life in exile but also Zambia's role in providing a safe haven for liberation movements in Southern Africa.

According to President Zuma, he spent a lot of time in the garden where he meditated and prayed as a devout Christian.

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He adds that the heritage site provides a great opportunity for research and the writing of African stories.

“It should be researched and celebrated as we do today in jointly recognising the significance of the OR Tambo Heritage Site and jointly launch it for the benefit of the young Zambians and young South Africans."

"The youth has an opportunity in this OR Tambo Heritage Site to learn about Pan Africanism through the history of those who lived and promoted it."

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The site will be developed into an interpretive centre and demonstrates the strong bond between Zambia and South Africa.

“We have had a long history of association, and it is such a pleasure that finally there is physical evidence of that long historical association marked by the OR Heritage Site here in Chelston. We thank you President [Edgar Lungu] for declaring this house as a heritage site."

This is another addition to South Africa's dedication to preserving liberation history in Southern Africa. In September Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa confirmed agreements between SA and Tanzania as part of the UNESCO programme "Roads to Independence in Africa: The African Liberation Heritage" so that the history of the struggle for freedom remain accessible. 

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