Durban to erect statues of Mandela and Tambo

By Staff Reporter Time of article published Jan 23, 2018

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Durban - The eThekwini Municipality has decided to erect statues to struggle icons Nelson Mandela and OR Tambo following the tabling of a report at an Executive Committee meeting held on Tuesday.

The report stated the statues would pay tribute to the role they played in fighting the apartheid regime, would play a significant role in transforming the heritage landscape of the city and would boost the local economy. 

The report noted that Durban did not have any memorial of significant stature honouring the contribution made both by OR Tambo and Nelson Mandela aside from the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine and the Nelson Mandela statue at Ohlange in Durban.

The report did not examine the financial implications and only sought authority for the project. 

The financial implications will be considered in a future report. 

EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede said this year has been declared the year of Nelson Mandela as the country celebrates the 100th anniversary his birth. 

“We will pay tribute to the contribution that he made over the course of his 95 years – to the struggle for freedom and the cause of building humane social relations across the globe. We will have programmes and events to celebrate President Mandela as a nation,” she said.

The report gives the Parks, Recreation and Culture Unit authority to erect the statues and to raise the funds internally and externally to finance the project. 

Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said the cost implications and where the statues would be erected would be decided at a later stage.

“We are dealing with icons and at the moment it is an agreement in principle. Further discussions will take place with regard to the location,” she said.

The Independent on Saturday

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