Cape Town - 120311 - The War Memorial, honouring fallen South African servicemen will be moved to make room for a MyCiti Bus Station, to Grand Parade. Major Willem Steenkamp maintains the historical archives as a part-time soldier, having done his time, reflects on his past while wearing his medals, and those of his father. REPORTER: DANEEL KNOETZE. PICTURE: THOMAS HOLDER

Daneel Knoetze

Staff Reporter

The Cenotaph war memorial, which has been in Adderley Street since 1924, is to be moved to make way for a MyCiTi bus station.

The station will form part of the City of Cape Town’s Integrated Rapid Transport system and will serve seven routes, with 100 buses eventually expected to use it every hour.

Last week, the city called for public comment on a draft “heritage assessment” which outlined the proposed reassembly of the Cenotaph.

“The Cenotaph should be repositioned by the end of August 2012,” said Brett Herron, the mayoral committee member for transport.

“(The repositioning) will be done by specialist contractors in accordance with the heritage assessment report.”

A draft assessment, compiled by heritage consultant Bridget O’Donoghue, was published last month and identified the Grand Parade as the preferred site for the Cenotaph.

It was one of three locations in the CBD which were assessed, the other two being the Heerengracht median and the Memorial Garden in the Company’s Garden.

The proposed site of relocation was agreed upon through an initial participation process that included comments from interested civil and professional organisations.

Herron said the input from those parties was all supportive of the proposal to move the Cenotaph.

“This site will provide symbolic links to the Castle and will allow for more people to attend the annual Remembrance Day event with minimal road closures. The Grand Parade is also a historical and symbolic place in its own right.”

Brigadier-General John Del Monte, the Cape Town manager of the Legion of Military Veterans, contributed to the initial participation, on which the draft assessment was based.

“I am comfortable with the site chosen and the reason for moving the Cenotaph,” said Del Monte, describing the Grand Parade and the surrounding buildings and monuments as constituting “a historic military site”.

Herron said a final decision for the site of relocation would not be made until all public comments had been considered. Public comments will be received until the end of May, following which a final report will be compiled and submitted to Heritage Western Cape.

l Comments can be sent to Bridget O’Donoghue on 021 789 0222.

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