#SAHeritage: 8 Sites in other countries that salute SA

2018-09-21 14:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Graffiti of nelson mandela in london

Photo: Global Street Art

Abroad and slightly little left out of feeling that South African pride this Heritage Month? 

South Africa's story isn't contained by its borders - its people have left their mark across the world fighting for freedoms, sharing our culture, preaching peace and forging friendships across nationalities. 

SEE: Beyond Madiba: Celebrating the sons and daughters of SA’s Heritage

You can find our stories in unexpected corners of the world, ready to bring insight and a little love for those who still need to find their way back home after their travels.

Let these inspire you to write new global stories for our future generations.

OR Tambo House in Zambia

A safe house during the Apartheid era based in Chelston, Lusaka, this heritage site not only commemorates OR Tambo's life in exile but also Zambia's role in providing a safe haven for liberation movements in Southern Africa.

The site is being developed into an interpretive centre that will demonstrate the strong bond between Zambia and South Africa.

SEE: #SAHeritage: OR Tambo house in Zambia new heritage site

Esther Mahlangu Mural in New York

The talented and legendary African artist Esther Mahlangu is honoured in New York with a stunning Ndebele mural.

The mural was unveiled at the South African Festival last year in TriBeCa. The masterpiece was created by New York-based African American artist Imani Shanklin Roberts who has long been inspired by Mahlangu's art.

SEE: #LoveSA: Wow! Esther Mahlangu honoured with New York mural

Nelson Mandela Mural in London's Mandela Street

A tribute mural of Nelson Mandela was revealed on Mandela Day in 2017 in London. This beautiful masterpiece was done by Global Street Art and painted on a building in Mandela Street that holds great significance - in the 1980s it was the headquarters of the African National Congress.

It took 12 days to complete, 150 cans of paint, 40 litres of paint and a 15 tonne-lift. This magnificent mural is also 13 metres tall. 

SEE: The deeper meaning behind these Mandela monuments

Mandela and Tutu wax statues in Madame Tussauds

In the politics corner of the famous Madame Tussauds, you'll find two familiar South African faces standing at the ready for a selfie. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu have managed to gain entry to mingle with the other famous wax figures of the museum.

Their unsmiling countenance however struggle to do justice to the well-known jovial personalities of the struggle stalwarts. 

Wax figure of nelson mandela

Photo: Gabi Zietsman

Delville Wood South African National Memorial in France

In Delville Wood, near Longueval in France, stands a monument dedicated to the South African Overseas Expeditionary Force who died during battle in World War I. Around 10 000 English and Afrikaans South Africans lost their lives in the war, and their names are written down in a register kept at a nearby museum. 

Two replicas of the memorial are also situated in South Africa - one in the Union Buildings in Pretoria and one in Cape Town.

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South African War Memorial in London

Another World War I tribute to fallen South African soldiers can also be found in the Richmond Cemetery in London. It commemorates 39 South African soldiers who died from their wounds at a nearby military hospital.

During the 20s and 30s South Africans made pilgrimages to it when visiting England, and was forgotten until the 80s when the Commonwealth War Graves Commission took over its maintenance.

War grave in richmond cemetery london

Photo: Wikimedia

Gandhi and Kallenbach Statue in Lithuania

One man was born in India, the other in the Russian Empire (today Lithuania), but in South Africa Mahatma Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach formed a friendship that crossed boundaries. The friendship between the lawyer and Joburg architect was commemorated in a statue of the two in Rusne Lithuania, unveiled in 2015.

According to an article in The Heritage Portal, the two lived together for most of their time in South Africa, eventually starting a community on Tolstoy farm outside Johannesburg where they lived the simple ascetic lifestyle.

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Zuma Statue in Nigeria

Love him or hate him, former President Jacob Zuma managed to get himself a $1,4 million bronze statue in 2017 that stands in the Imo State of Nigeria in, which was set to laud Zuma's dedication to education.

This commemorated a Memorandum of Understanding between the South African and the Rochas Foundation to send African kids to school.

SEE: Nigeria says no to AU passport, but erects massive Zuma statue

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