Chairperson, in his address during the 103rd ANC celebrations in Cape Town, the President declared 2015 the Year of the Freedom Charter and Unity in Action. He called on all sectors of society to embrace the Freedom Charter, as this year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic document, penned in Kliptown in 1955 by the representatives of the following organisations: the ANC, the SA Indian Congress, the SA Congress of Trade Unions, the Coloured People's Congress and the SA Congress of Democrats.
Ahead of the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter, the Gauteng provincial government will be investing in the conservation of the history of Kliptown. This includes preserving the museum at Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication and converting the house of Mme Charlotte Maxeke in Kliptown into a museum and interpretation centre.
The square was the site of the 1955 Congress of the People, where over 3 000 representatives of resistance organisations met to adopt the Freedom Charter, an alternative to the apartheid vision of a divided and oppressed South Africa.
Also IN this year, Gauteng will hand over a Women's Monument in Tshwane, on 9 August 2015, to coincide with the celebration of Women's Day. As part of celebrating the heroes and heroines of our struggle, the statue of Mme Bertha Gxowa at Ditselane Cultural Village in Vosloorus will be officially unveiled. [Time expired.]