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Danie Theron Statue

danieThe original sculpture of top scout, Danie Theron, made of fibreglass, was unveiled by the then Minister of Defence, Mr. P.W. Botha, at the Danie Theron Combat School in Kimberley on 1 November 1969. When the Combat School moved to Potchefstroom in 1989, the statue was in such a state of disrepair that it was decided not to move it.

After its subsequent restoration by WO Koos Eksteen, the Chief of the SA National Defence Force, Gen. G. Meiring, unveiled the statue on 4 November 1995.

Since then the statue has lost the purpose of its erection in Kimberley as the Combat School has since been disbanded.

The SA National Defence Force donated this sculpture to the Voortrekker Monument. It was placed at Fort Schanskop on Thursday, 29 November 2001. The direct descendants of Danie Theron, unveiled the statue during a ceremony where the previous President, Mr. Nelson Mandela, paid tribute to him on 6 March 2002. The statue faces in the direction of Gatsrand, between Potchefstroom and Johannesburg, where Danie Theron was killed in action on 5 September 1900.

Technical Details:

Sculptor: Charl Engela, 1969
Material: Mixture of aluminium and clay
Weight: Approximately 3 ton
Restored by: Alusaf Bayview, Richards Bay,1995

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