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Reconciliation Bridge
Dundee district, KwaZulu-Natal

Date:n.d.
Type:Memorial
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
28°06'20.50" S 30°32'38.07" E Alt: 1159m

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Transcription of the notice: (see photographs)

RECONCILIATION BRIDGE

SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST NON-RACIAL, NON-SEXIST AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT WAS
TASKED WITH RESPONSIBILITY OF PROMOTING RECONCILIATION, NATION BUILDING AND
SOCIAL COHESION. THIS IS INTENDED TO HEAL THE DIVISIONS OF THE PAST AND ESTABLISH
A SOCIETY BASED ON DEMOCRATIC VALUES, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN
RIGHTS AS OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION. ONE WAY TO ACHIEVE THIS OBJECTIVE
SYMBOLICALLY WAS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE SIGNIFICACE OF 16 DECEMBER BOTH
AFRIKANER AND LIBERATION STRUGGLE TRADITIONS AND TO RENAME THE DAY AS THE
DAY OF RECONCILIATION. ON 16 DECEMBER 1996, THE DAY OF RECONCILIATION WAS
CELEBRATED FOR THE FIRST TIME AS A PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN SOUTH AFRICA

IN FEBRUARY 2013, THE RECONCILIATION BRIDGE WAS CONSTRUCTED TO SYMBOLISE THE
REMOVAL OF RACIAL AND SOCIAL BARRIERS BY CONNECTING TWO INSTITUTIONS BUILT
ON ONE BATTLE FIELD, NARATING THE SAME STORY (OF THE BATTLE OF NCOME / "BLOOD
RIVER") FROM TWO DIFERENT PERSPECTIVES. THE BRIDGE MOVES BEYOND LINKING
THESE TWO INSTITUTIONS TO CONNECT AND UNITE CITIZENS THROUGH SHARED HISTORY,
HERITAGE, AND VALUES TOWARDS UNITY IN DIVERSITY AND NATION BUILDING. THE BRIDGE
IS THE SYMBOL OF RECONCILIATION AND BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE CITIZENS OF THE
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

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Unfortunately the bridge is kept locked and has never been used since opening due to the fact that entrance to the Ncome Monument and Museum Complex is free and the Blood River Monument and Museum Complex has an entrance fee. (Ed, 2017)

Update: The bridge is now opened daily from 8:00 until 16:00. (Ed, December 2018)