29 May 2012
“While moving the Cenotaph is a convenient necessity for the expansion of the MyCiti bus system, it also offers the City with a unique opportunity to increase the visibility and accessibility to a valuable South African memorial,” says Rouen Smit, Head of Mobility at Future Cape Town.
As outlined in the City’s Heritage Impact Assessment report, justice is not being done to the Cenotaph in its current location on Adderley Street. Unnoticed and inaccessible, it receives one known visit annually during official Memorial Celebrations.
“Moving the Cenotaph to a more appropriate location should be done to enhance access to the memorial during celebrations, while exposing it to more year-round foot traffic,” urges Smit.
As a new base for the Cenotaph, Future Cape Town supports the Memorial Garden in the Company Gardens for its reach and accessibility.
“The Garden already boasts a substantial history and attracts people and tourists interested in our City’s history and heritage. Moving the Cenotaph to an appropriate public space offers opportunities for economic, social and cultural development of the City of Cape Town,’ concludes Smit.
Media Office, Future Cape Town