Dispossession and repossession, colonisation and freedom – the history of the beautiful land is archived at the //hapo Museum. It includes the first South Africans, the arrival of the colonialists and the wars that unshackled the nation.
Freedom Park is a heritage treasure trove, chronicling the history of Africa and South Africa, from Earth's early beginnings, through the emergence of humanity. It traces the paths of African civilisations, colonialism, industrialisation, and apartheid, to modern democracy.
A truly South African story
Freedom Park focuses on heritage as an essential building block of nation-building. It challenges visitors to reconcile the trials of South Africa's past with its new successes, to nurture understanding and compassion, to foster reconciliation. Its position, atop Salvokop, mirrors this focus: it overlooks the Voortrekker Monument, the Union Buildings – once the seat of apartheid power and now housing a democratically installed government – and the bustling, inclusive city of Pretoria.
A dream of sharing and unity
The name //hapo is Khoi for "dream" and comes from the saying "//Hapo ge //hapo tama/hoasib dis tamas ka i bo", which means "a dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community". It explains the philosophy driving the museum, that sharing and unity are at its heart.
The //hapo Museum archives South African heritage through vivid storytelling and artefacts heavy with the weight of a continent's history. It also tells the tales of the early wars of dispossession, such as the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in the Cape in 1652; the Khoikhoi-Dutch Wars in the last half of the 17th century; the Third War of Dispossession between the Khoisan and colonial authorities in the 1800s; the South African War (also known as the Anglo-Boer War); and the anti-apartheid struggle for liberation – all of which define who we are today.
The Pan African Archives
The Pan African Archives is a much-needed centre of research that documents and archives Southern Africa's heritage and indigenous knowledge. The archives consist of text, audio-visual and photographic elements and is a dynamic, growing body of knowledge.