Ceno­taph plaque is set to be cor­rected

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - METRO - Karen Pre­to­rius

A DAY be­fore to­day’s historic centenary commemoration of Ar­mistice Day at the ceno­taph in Ad­der­ley Street, the City of Cape Town has ac­knowl­edged that an in­scrip­tion on the me­mo­rial is in­cor­rect.

A plaque un­der­neath the Korean War, car­ries the date 1914-1918. This was the time­line for World War I, while the Korean War took place from 1950 to 1953.

In a one-line re­sponse, deputy mayor Ian Neil­son said: “The City of Cape Town apol­o­gises for the er­ror. Steps will be taken to cor­rect this as soon as pos­si­ble.”

In 2013 the ceno­taph was moved 300m from its orig­i­nal spot in Ad­der­ley Street, to an area be­tween Foun­tain Cir­cle and Her­itage Street. It had to make way for the new MyCiTi sta­tion.

Ar­mistice Day is com­mem­o­rated an­nu­ally on November 11 to mark the end of World War I, and pays tribute to sol­diers who died in the war.

Agi Or­fanos, from Ta­ble View, had a keen in­ter­est in the ceno­taph and was op­posed to the move, es­pe­cially when the Com­pany’s Gar­den and the Grand Pa­rade were punted.

He did not want it moved but said he re­alised he was fight­ing a “los­ing bat­tle”. He pho­to­shopped the ceno­taph into the space where it now stands, and his pro­posal was ac­cepted by the City of Cape Town, he said. |


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