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[[File:File:Orlando Stadium.jpg|thumb|Inside view of Orlando Stadium]]
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[[File:Orlando-Stadium-1.jpg|thumb|Plaques on main stadium entrance]]
The house was purchased in 1986 by Maggie Friedman, who moved into the house together with her partner David Webster in August of that year. On 1st May 1989, David Webster was gunned down in front of the house at 13 Eleanor Street by a shotgun fired from a passing car. He died on the pavementThe assassin was later revealed to be Ferdi Barnard of the apartheid regime’s Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB).
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The current Orlando Stadium was built in 2006 after the demolition of the old Orlando stadium. The old statdium structure has been completely demolished and not properly commemorated. The construction of the first stadium in Soweto began in October 1956.  Officially opened in 1959, the stadium offered sports fields, a triple-grandstand able to accommodate 900 people, a concrete cycling track, an athletics track and dressing roomsOrlando Stadium was described in Bantu World (7 March 1959) as the “grandest stadium ever built in a Non-European area”.  
  
 
;Quick Facts:
 
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*'''JP Tile No.:''' 2
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*'''JP Tile No.:''' 5
*'''Building Age: ''' circa 1904
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*'''Name of site:''' Orlando Stadium
*'''Name of site:''' David Webster House
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*'''Stand no:''' Farm RE/1/318/IQ
*'''Stand no:''' Erf No.: 594 Troyeville
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*'''Street address:''' Cnr Mooki & Martha Street, Orlando East, Soweto
*'''Street address:''' 13 Eleanor Street, Troyeville
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*'''District/Province/Region:''' Johannesburg / Gauteng
 
*'''District/Province/Region:''' Johannesburg / Gauteng
 
*'''Ownership:'''
 
*'''Ownership:'''
**'''Previous Owner:''' Maggie Friedman
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**'''Previous Owner:''' Consolidated Main Reefs and Estates Limited
**'''Present Owners:''' Veerle Dieltiens & Moloi
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**'''Present Owners:''' City Council of Johannesburg
*'''Site Type:''' Residential house
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*'''Site Type:''' Recreational site - soccer stadium
 
*'''State of Conservation:''' The property is well-maintained and preserved.
 
*'''State of Conservation:''' The property is well-maintained and preserved.
 
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In 1999, ten years after the death of David Webster, Maggie Friedman and a group of David’s friends, put up a commemorative mosaic on the garden wall on the street side.  The inscription reads:
 
 
DAVID WEBSTER 19 DEC. 1945 – 1 MAY 1989
 
ASSASSINATED HERE FOR HIS FIGHT AGAINST APARTHEID
 
LIVED FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP
 
  
 
;Statement of Significance:​
 
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The house is of political and historical significance because of its association with David Webster and because it marks the place of his assassination. His death came at a watershed time for the apartheid governmentHis activism, and the international outrage that followed the event, no doubt contributed in some measure to the subsequent political changes in the country.
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The cultural significance of the site is mainly to do with the heritage of the old Orlando Stadium (1956 – 2006). This was the first soccer stadium in Soweto, and played a major role in the sporting , social and political life of residents over many yearsA famous home of South African soccer, it was associated with a host of football greats including Kaiser Motaung, Jomo Sono, Patrick ‘Ace Ntsoelengoe and Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. The stadium hosted international sporting events, and major political rallies were held there both before and after 1994.
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In the June 1976 Soweto Uprising, students arranged to march to Orlando Stadium where they were going to convene and hold a mass meeting.  However, because the stadium was cordoned off by police, the students were unable to hold their meeting there.
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;Legal Status (Decree/Act): None
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;Authority Responsible: City of Johannesburg.  Operated by the company Stadium Management.
  
During the 1980s the house was often a meeting place of activists as well as a ‘safe house’ for people who were trying to avoid the attention of the security police.
 
  
 
You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.
 
You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.

Revision as of 16:11, 23 January 2014

David Webster House
File:File:Orlando Stadium.jpg
Inside view of Orlando Stadium
Plaques on main stadium entrance

The current Orlando Stadium was built in 2006 after the demolition of the old Orlando stadium. The old statdium structure has been completely demolished and not properly commemorated. The construction of the first stadium in Soweto began in October 1956. Officially opened in 1959, the stadium offered sports fields, a triple-grandstand able to accommodate 900 people, a concrete cycling track, an athletics track and dressing rooms. Orlando Stadium was described in Bantu World (7 March 1959) as the “grandest stadium ever built in a Non-European area”.

Quick Facts
  • JP Tile No.: 5
  • Name of site: Orlando Stadium
  • Stand no: Farm RE/1/318/IQ
  • Street address: Cnr Mooki & Martha Street, Orlando East, Soweto
  • District/Province/Region: Johannesburg / Gauteng
  • Ownership:
    • Previous Owner: Consolidated Main Reefs and Estates Limited
    • Present Owners: City Council of Johannesburg
  • Site Type: Recreational site - soccer stadium
  • State of Conservation: The property is well-maintained and preserved.


Statement of Significance

The cultural significance of the site is mainly to do with the heritage of the old Orlando Stadium (1956 – 2006). This was the first soccer stadium in Soweto, and played a major role in the sporting , social and political life of residents over many years. A famous home of South African soccer, it was associated with a host of football greats including Kaiser Motaung, Jomo Sono, Patrick ‘Ace Ntsoelengoe and Ephraim Shakes Mashaba. The stadium hosted international sporting events, and major political rallies were held there both before and after 1994.

In the June 1976 Soweto Uprising, students arranged to march to Orlando Stadium where they were going to convene and hold a mass meeting. However, because the stadium was cordoned off by police, the students were unable to hold their meeting there.

Legal Status (Decree/Act)
None


Authority Responsible
City of Johannesburg. Operated by the company Stadium Management.


You can read a more detailed article on Wikipedia.


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