Thursday, April 26, 2007

Western Cape Officials to celebrate Freedom Day

By Ashley Wichman
26 April 2007


Government officials are taking part in Freedom Day celebrations tomorrow, 27 April. The national holiday marks 13 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa.

Premier Ebrahim Rasool will deliver an address at 11:35 a.m. tomorrow at the Robinvale Sports Ground in Atlantis. He will also pay visit to government projects in the city.

Cape Town residents are encouraged to celebrate with Mayor Helen Zille at Chavonnes Battery in Clock Tower Square at the V&A Waterfront.

The area will boom in celebration as members of the Cannon Association of South Africa fire a series of old cannons across the peninsula. The first cannon will fire at 10:00 am at the False Bay Yacht Club in Simon’s Town and the last will fire in the City Bowl just before noon.

Once the last cannons have fired, the South African National Defence Force volunteer reserve will respond with the firing of guns by the Cape Field Artillery. The mayor will acknowledge the salute by firing an authentic small cannon.

Afterwards, city residents are encouraged to join her for a Freedom Day toast to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The public is being warned that the event will be noisy.

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