The Bezuidenhout Valley War Memorial has been in the headlines on a number of occasions during the past few years. Not all were for the right reasons either. However, I am happy to report that the memorial is now safe in Bezuidenhout Park and the area where it used to stand now has a mozaic gracing the wall. Unfortunately I do not have images of either of these.
An article on IOL dated 29 January 2019 shows the derelict memorial had been further desecrated with red paint 2 weeks before Remembrance Day. It was still paint damaged on 14/01/2019
In June 2018 I was shown an article that showed the state of the memorial after it had been extensively vandalised beyond repair. There is an article on the Heritage Portal about it and frankly it is disgraceful. Unfortunately it seems as if the odds of it being repaired are small. Realistically it should have been moved years ago, but its now too late. Consequently this memorial is now extinct.
Stakeholders met to decided the future of what was left of the memorial and it has been proposed to move it to nearby Bezuidenhout Park, within the palisade fenced garden close to the principal farmhouse. But, the usual heritage impact studies have to be done although there is nothing left to study and budgets allocated and rubber stamps will need to be wielded. The needs of red tape must be satisfied. Personally I am a bit sceptical about the park considering that it too has had its share of vandalism. I will however only believe it when I see it. Article on Heritage Portal of 26 July 2018
I originally visited the Bezuidenhout Valley World War One Memorial which is situated on the corner of Kitchener Road and 9th Ave in Bez Valley/Kensington during August 2007. At the time the memorial was in a very poor condition and the fountain was not working.
I subsequently revisited the memorial in April 2009 and the fountain was actually in operation. although the area around it was still dirty and run down. Fortunately the name plaques were still intact and legible.
In 2012 things were not looking too great once again as this image taken from Darragh Centre testifies.
DRW © 2007-2021. Image replaced 07 September 2011. Moved to blog 06/01/2014, updated 17/06/2018 and 27/08/2018, new image added 27/02/2019. Moved to Musings 09/01/2021