Exactly 100 years ago in March, a strike by white mineworkers’ in Johannesburg erupted into armed conflict. This ‘Rand Revolt’ of 1922 quickly spread across the city and resulted in nearly two weeks of mayhem.
To commemorate the centenary of the Rand Revolt, the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation and Friends of Johannesburg Cemeteries will be unveiling a memorial to all those who lost their lives in the rebellion – miners, policemen, soldiers, and civilians.
The date chosen, 12 March, is when some of the fiercest fighting took place, at the Battle of Brixton Ridge and on the corner of Braamfontein Cemetery, alongside what is now Enoch Sontonga Road.
Councillor Ronald Harris MMC and a descendent of an innocent revolt victim will be doing the unveiling, while a piper from the Transvaal Scottish Regiment plays the Lament.
Following the unveiling, there will be a tour through some graves associated with the revolt. This is a free event but numbers are limited and booking is essential. Donations are welcome.
- 12 March 2022 at 14h00
- Please don’t forget a hat and sunscreen.
- Guides: Clare van Zwieten, Jonathan Felix and Nicola Noble
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