The City of Cape Town has a new tribute to SA's global icon Nelson Mandela.
Unveiled on Tuesday, 24 July the statue was unveiled by Mayor Patricia De Lille at the position on the City Hall balcony where Nelson Mandela stood when he gave his first address as a free man on 11 February 1990. Many dignitaries were in attendance including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and representatives of the Nelson Mandela Foundation as the 1.95 metre bronze statue was revealed to the citizens of Cape Town.
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The sculpture has been created by artists Xhanti Mpakama and Barry Jackson.
When Nelson Mandela was awarded the Freedom of the City of Cape Town in 1997, he said that ‘Cape Town’s greatness lies not only in its contribution to our economy but in its involvement in our country’s history.’
To celebrate his life, his contribution to the country and his centenary, the Western Cape Government says the new statue is "fitting tribute to a man to whom we owe a great debt for the sacrifices he made in the journey to attaining our hard-fought freedom and democracy".
The statue will serve as a constant reminder of that historical day and the many years of sacrifice that led to that moment when he was freed and later addressed thousands of citizens from the City Hall balcony.
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It also forms part of a vision for a new Madiba legacy route, part of the Project Khulisa, a Wesgro economic development strategy for the region.
The route will allow visitors to follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps and visit key sites in the province such as Robben Island where he was imprisoned for most of his sentence, to Drakenstein prison and eventually to Parliament, where he was sworn in as our country’s first democratically-elected President in 1994.
But this is just one of more than 100 sites dotted around South Africa that serves to pay tribute in the centenary year of Madiba.
South African Tourism’s (SAT) special mobile App called Madiba's Journey is dedicated to bubbling up these site for an easy itnerary. Click here for more information. The App, which can be downloaded on Android or Apple devices, encourages all South Africans to experience Madiba’s legacy at 100 destinations across the country.
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