Stolen rare plaques to be re­placed


Rap­portry­ers mem­ber Strauss de Jager has good news about the van­dalised and stolen art­work at the Bi­ble Mon­u­ment. “Among the ad­vice I re­ceived was that we use gran­ite,” De Jager, who is also the min­is­ter of the NG Kerk in Gra­ham­stown, told Gro­cott’s Mail.

So he con­tacted Stan Pohlman of Crankshaw Mar­ble and Gran­ite in Queenstown for help.

"He was quite pos­i­tive that they could help us and can re­pro­duce the con­tent of the old plaques on black (Zim­bab­wean) gran­ite, us­ing laser tech­nol­ogy. The let­ter­ing should be eas­i­est, I guess," said De Jager.

While the fig­ures wouldn’t have the same ac­tual depth as the bronze ones, they would hope­fully look like the artist’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

The Rap­portry­ers have de­cided to go ahead with the re­place­ment and would wel­come any con­struc­tive sug­ges­tions, as well as do­na­tions from sup­port­ing mem­bers or or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Be­cause the orig­i­nal event and the mon­u­ment were based on ges­tures of friend­ship, we hope that it would be pos­si­ble to reded­i­cate the mon­u­ment with re­place­ment pan­els, as a re­newed and con­tem­po­rary act of friend­ship be­tween dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties of our city,” De Jager said.

And yes – the spell­ing mis­take on plaque 3 will be cor­rected (“acom­panied” needs another “c”)!

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