Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC, Anroux Marais, has announced that the Rocklands Community Hall in Mitchell’s Plain has been declared a National Heritage Site.
The decision was made because of its socio-political significance after it was identified as the meeting place where the United Democratic Front (UDF) was established in 1983.
According to the provincial government’s statement, “Held at this iconic location, the meeting in which the UDF was established in 1983 was the start of the largest socio-political movement that united South Africans from diverse backgrounds to fight against the injustices of apartheid. Campaigning around issues of housing, education and the unjust status quo of the time, the UDF initially represented 500 organisations from all sectors of society,”.
The MEC said that the National Heritage Site status will now assert that the site receives serious and focussed conservation attention.