The Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl’s mission to contact anyone who helped build this iconic sculpture has already yielded good results. Torch-bearers, masons and people involved with the opening have told their stories so that the descendants can get a better insight into the establishment of the monument that celebrates its 45th birthday in 2020

They include Andre Smit, a torch-bearer, Andre van Zitters, son of mason Jacobus van Zitters, better known as ‘Oem Jack’, Appollis Zwaan, a car mechanic, Ernie Williams, a carpenter, Gysbert Visser, contract manager, Isaac Lakay, who made moulding structures, Kosie Hanekom, administrative director of Holtzhausen and Hugo, as well as Victor Hugo, a general foreman. Furthermore, Dr Danie Geldenhuys, general secretary of the People’s Committee and working committee of the language monument, and Malcolm Austin, who helped build the road to the monument, also spoke to us.

Yet there are many more people that we want to speak to. Do you know someone who was involved in the construction work? If so, please call Chantelle de Kock on 021 872 3441/2018 or e-mail, and send this request to people who may be able to help with this.

See for more information.

The Afrikaanse Language Museum and Monument: Culture, Nature and Pleasure. And playing an uplifting role in the community sphere.