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IIn Hammanskraal, on the outskirts of Pretoria, a statue of Nelson Mandela stands tall. The statue is believed to be the first life-size memorial of the former President. It was unveiled on June 12, 1999 in honour of the heroes that sacrificed their lives for a democratic South Africa.
IIt is believed that in an attempt to promote tourism in the area, Hammanskraal was chosen as the location. The statue was created by sculptor Phil Minnaar. Minnaar is renowned for his monumental works at Sol Kerzner’s Lost City, as well as other sculptures of famous South Africans and politicians.
Mandela Statue in Hammanskraal
TThe residents of Madibaville are honoured to have the statue in their area. It is their constant reminder of how blessed they are to have Tata Madiba (Father of the Nation) in their midst, a man they will stay connected to forever. To them it is a reminder to work hard and make a success of the future as Madiba has opened up so many possibilities for us as a nation. The statue reminds the residents of the injustices suffered in the past and the way things have improved for the country since the end of Apartheid.
TThe people have a lot of respect for what Nelson Mandela has done for South Africa.
The statue is a symbol of hope, of love and of humanity. It’s definitely worth a visit.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
Dr. A.B. Xuma’s house in Sophiatown tells the story of a way of life during apartheid.
The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
Regina Mundi Church a struggle landmark and a tourist attraction that continues to serve the community.
The Mandela House in Vilakazi Street, Soweto is now a small but interesting museum which you can go to in order to learn about his life.
Have you ever wondered where we, human beings, came from? What led to this evolutionary revolution on Planet Earth? All of the answers can be found in one place: the Cradle of Humankind.
Maropeng is the official visitors’ centre for the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site within easy distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria.