Honouring Tata Madiba: Does Cape Town need a new R3.5m statue of Nelson Mandela?

2017-04-18 09:59 - Boipelo Mokgothu
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Cape Town - South Africans will have yet another way to commemorate the life and work of the late President Nelson Mandela.

A proposed R3,5m statue of Madiba and a permanent exhibition is set to be installed in the City of Cape Town - as residents have been asked to comment and make suggestions on the planned project. 

The City and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Sport Department have joined forces to make the statue and exhibition part of National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism.  

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The statue is planned to be installed on the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address following his release from the then Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990, opposite the Grand Parade where approximately 50 000 South Africans gathered on the historic day to celebrate Madiba’s release from prison after 27 years.

A permanent exhibition at the City Hall, consisting of interpretive panels, audio-visual equipment, and interactive displays, has also been proposed to commemorate Madiba’s legacy and to honour the organisations and people who were involved in the liberation struggle.

According to Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, Councillor Brett Herron, the purpose of the proposed permanent exhibition is to turn City Hall into a popular tourist attraction where visitors can visualise the events and have a full experience of our journey to democracy.

Herron says that it is important that they work more closely with residents to strengthen the relationship between the City and Capetonians - allowing them to participate in matters that affect them.

Residents have until 21 May 2017 to submit comments, input and recommendations;

·         Email: transport.info@capetown.gov.za

·         Online on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/haveyoursay

·         Post: to the Manager: Public Participation Unit, PO Box 298, Cape Town, 8000

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Here are some other Iconic Spots around SA honouring Madiba: 

Mandela House Museum

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The Mandela Museum 

Mandela Capture Site

The Nelson Mandela Bridge

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