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ANC birthplace declared a national heritage site

PV Mogotsi

The ANC is committed in upgrading the houses that were used for ANC activities during the apartheid era and thus making them national heritage sites. This process includes erecting tombstones for leaders who died many years ago. One of these identified sites is the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein, the birthplace of the ANC, recently declared a national heritage site, more than seven years after the Free State provincial government bought the building for R10 million. The building was previously a panel-beating workshop, and the provincial government renovated it in time for the ANC's centenary celebrations in 2012.

The written motivation for the church to be declared a national heritage site was written to the South African Heritage Resource Agency and they were satisfied with it. According to the Agency the church has exceptional qualities of special national significance in terms of the heritage assessment criteria and has the desirability of being declared a national heritage site. The African National Congress welcomes this declaration of the Waaihoek Wesleyan Church as a national heritage site.

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