Blue Plaques are internationally recognised symbols commemorating places, spaces, events and personalities of cultural or historical importance. The placement of the iconic round plaques with white text on a blue background began in 1866, more than 150 years ago.
The Magaliesberg Association for Culture and Heritage are placing Blue Plaques at heritage sites throughout the Magaliesberg Biosphere. The objectives are:
1. To identify, support and endorse important sites in the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve.
2. To raise awareness of the rich heritage and culture in the region and to make information accessible to tourists, students and the public.
3. To encourage research into the history of the region.
4. To foster a sense of local pride and encourage the conservation of historical landmarks.
2018 – The first Blue Plaque in the Magaliesberg Biosphere is at the site of the South African War battle of Kalkheuwel in the Lion and Safari Park on the R511.
2019 – The second Blue Plaque in the Magaliesberg Biosphere is the Battle of Dwarsvlei at the Bru House Diner on the R563 Hekpoort Road.