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1150 St George’s Mall has become one of Cape Town’s main attractions for locals and visitors to the city, with everyone stopping in their tracks to admire this treasured piece of history. A piece of the Berlin Wall was donated to former president Nelson Mandela, in 1996, when he visited Germany on a state visit. He received it as a special gift from the city of Berlin before the end of his tenure as president of South Africa.
This important symbol of peace arrived in SA in 1996 when the German ambassador to South Africa organised for the piece to be housed outside the BMW Pavilion at the Waterfront, where it remained until the Pavilion changed hands. It now resides at the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. The piece of wall has been placed outside the Foundation to be viewed.