Overview
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    Site Name
    Waaihoek Wesleyan Church, Bloemfontein
    Site Category
    Record Administration
    Author
    nobukho.njemla
    Last modified
    Thursday, December 7, 2023 - 10:41
      Location
      Location
      Free State
      • Mangaung
      Site Address

      51A Harvey Rd
      Bloemfontein Central
      Bloemfontein
      9301
      South Africa

      Grading
      Grading
      Grade I
      Grading Date
      Grading Details
      GradingComment

      Grading by: South African Heritage Resources Agency

      Significance criteria
      Significance Categories
      Sphere of Significance
      National
      Significance Categories
      Sphere of Significance
      National
      Declaration
      Declaration Type
      Declaration Description

      The Wesleyan Church in Waaihoek, Bloemfontein is the birth place of the South African Native National Congress (SANNC) which was formed in 1912. Later, in 1923 the SANNC became the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC became the largest liberation organizations in the struggle for freedom and justice in South Africa. The exclusion of Africans from the meaningful political participation in the negotiations leading up to and in the envisaged Union of SouthAfrica in 1910 galvanised different African political formations, to forge a unified political movement that would challenge the exclusion of Black people.On 8th January 1912, a group of Black delegates from the four provinces met in Waaihoek, Bloemfontein to propose a means to object to the draft South Africa Act, and Union Constitution. This meeting was the most significant in the history of Black protest politics as it was the first joint meeting of Black representatives from all four self-governing British colonies and marked the birth of the ANC. Amongst the delegates were the celebrated black leaders Saul Msane, Josiah Gumede, John Dube, Pixley ka Isaka Seme and Sol Plaatje along with chiefs, people's representatives, and church organizations, and other prominent individuals to bring all Africans together as one people to defend their rights and freedoms The convention took place at the Wesleyan School Church in Waaihoek, which is now a tangible representation of that pivotal meeting

      Gazette Date
      Gazette Number
      41419
      Gazette Notice Status
      Notice Date
      Notice Number
      63
      Declared by (Organisation/Heritage Authority)
      Deeds Number
      13888/2011
      Diagram Number
      L.G. 300/1994
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