All is now set for the erection of another jaw-dropping and gigantic statue of former Nelson Mandela at the Cape Town City Hall.
Information released by the Western Cape government indicates that the statue will be a replica of the photograph of Mandela standing on the city hall balcony‚ making his first speech‚ after he was released from prison in 1990.
Western Cape Economic Development‚ Agriculture and Tourism MEC‚ Alan Winde‚ added that the city has allocated R1‚7-million for the huge project.
Digging deep, the MEC divulged that the Madiba Heritage Tourism Route will include Robben Island‚ Pollsmoor Prison‚ Drakenstein Correctional Services‚ Cape Town City hall and Parliament.
He said the project seeks to recreate that memorable and lovely moment Malema stood before thousands of South Africans for his first freedom speech.
Winde disclosed: We are making progress in terms of the establishment of our Madiba Heritage Tourism Route… R1‚7-million will be allocated to fund the memorial statue of former president Nelson Mandela at the City Hall.
I think everyone in this house will know the speech that Madiba made on the balcony of the City Hall. And you all know what that photograph looks like; what those paintings look like‚ where Madiba was standing on that balcony with all the people standing around him and hanging on the balcony….”
Thousands of streets, buildings, and other community facilities are named after Nelson Mandela, from Africa to Asia, Europe, and America.
Data obtained from Google maps and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory shows that road and streets across the globe named Mandela topped the chart with (54%) followed by schools (28%), and accommodation (19%), while villages sat at the bottom of the chart with (2%).
Furthermore, across continents, Mandela is highly immortalised in Europe (98%), followed by Africa (85%), North America (22%), Asia (15%), South America (10%), and least immortalised in Australia (1%).
In April, one of Middle East States, Palestine, unveiled a six-metre statue of the former president. The giant Madiba statue was unveiled in the Palestinian city of Ramallah, a day to SA’s annual Freedom Day.
The R6 million bronze statue of Mandela, smiling with his fist high in the air, weighs two tonnes and is the first sculpture of the anti-apartheid icon outside the country.