Birthplace of ANC to get world recognition

History: The Waaihoek Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein survived a 1954 demolition to make way for a railway line from the city to Cape Town.

The birthplace of the ANC – the Wesleyan Church in Bloemfontein is set to receive world recognition as a heritage site.

The church that was renovated by the provincial department of Sports, Arts, and Culture in time for the party’s centenary celebrations in 2012.

During her budget speech in the Free State Legislature today, MEC Mathabo Leeto, said the church was nominated for declaration as a world heritage site by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

The site was declared a national heritage site already and Leeto says this nomination is another milestone for her department. She says her department is awaiting the final decision by the World Heritage Committee is expected in October 2017.

The church, together with Winnie Mandela’s House in Brandfort, also forms part of the Resistance and National Liberation Heritage Route.

Cathy Dlodlo- Courant News