Decolonisation’s tentacles reach 1820 Settlers Monument

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Decolonisation’s tentacles reach 1820 Settlers Monument

Makhanda is about to change the monument's name and place it 'at the heart of nation building'

Georgia Carter

Having negotiated the demise of “Grahamstown” and grappled with the idea of rechristening Rhodes University, the Eastern Cape town of Makhanda is tackling what may be its most unsettling name change yet: The Settlers Monument.

The renaming of the 1820 Settlers National Monument is being led by the Grahamstown Foundation – previously the 1820 Settlers Foundation, and based at the monument – which has just issued a call for ideas.

The foundation doesn’t only want a name but an ethos for a monument that got its first funding injection from apartheid prime minister Hednrik Verwoerd and had its first sod turned in 1970 by Nico Malan, administrator of the province of the Cape of Good Hope...

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