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Nelson Mandela

WWhat do Albert Luthuli, former president of the African National Congress, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, last president of the ‘old South Africa’ FW de Klerk and the legendary Nelson Mandela have in common? They all won the Nobel Peace Prize and their effigies stand together at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront.

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NNearby the 4 Laureates is the Peace and Democracy sculpture, created by Noria Mabasa

IIn your wanderings around the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, you might come across four larger-than-life bronzed gentlemen standing pensively in a row.

They are the central characters of Nobel Square, dedicated to South Africa’s four Nobel Peace Prize laureates: Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, FW de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.

These great men all played their part in helping South Africa to democracy after decades of apartheid.

AAlbert Luthuli, president of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1952, was the first African to win the Nobel Peace Prize. He received his award in December 1961 after being allowed briefly out of South Africa to attend the Nobel ceremony in Oslo.

Throughout much of his political life, Luthuli was arrested, charged and banned from public participation.

'What is important is that we can build a homogeneous South Africa on the basis not of colour but of human values,' – reads the inscription under Luthuli's statue.

AArchbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, is one of the world’s most beloved leaders. His fame stretches far beyond South Africa’s borders and his words are relevant to the world at large. Known originally for his opposition to the apartheid regime, he later became a symbol of national reconciliation. He still speaks for the oppressed and the poor.

'A person is a person through other people,' reads the Tutu inscription.

FW de Klerk was South Africa’s last president during apartheid. In 1990 he heralded the social and political winds of change in South Africa by releasing Nelson Mandela from prison, unbanning the ANC and its alliance partners, and working with Mandela and others to establish the country’s new Constitution.

'Our new Constitution is a powerful symbol of reconciliation, justice and of the ending of centuries of conflict,' reads the De Klerk inscription.

After 27 years of imprisonment, Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president. He, with FW de Klerk, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. The following year, following the historic elections of April 27, he took over the reins of government and led the fledgling democracy with pride and grace.

'Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will experience the oppression of one by another,' reads the inscription under the Mandela statue.

The sculptor finally chosen to create the historic figures was Claudette Schreuders, a Cape Town artist. She was selected by a panel after a final grouping of 10 artists was asked to present their concepts for Nobel Square.

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Nobel Square

FNB stadium - Step into the “calabash” one of Africa’s biggest stadiums.

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FNB stadium - Step into the “calabash” one of Africa’s biggest stadiums.

The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Alexandra heritage precinct - Historic and iconic

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Alexandra heritage precinct - Historic and iconic

Explore the Alexandra Heritage Precinct, a moving testament to Mandela’s strength.

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

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Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Houses of Parliament –The heart of Cape Town

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

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Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Cape Town City Hall – A grand old building.

Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

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Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

Feed your appetite for Joburg’s culture and history with Past Experiences tours.

Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

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Explore St George's Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in southern Africa

At St George's Cathedral, the church kept its doors open to people of all races throughout the apartheid era.

Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

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Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Chancellor House – Where Mandela & Tambo Attorneys once flourished

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

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Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Drakenstein Correctional Centre

Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon

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Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon

Nelson Mandela Square – An urban tribute to a universal icon in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Saxon Hotel - Snuggle into all that the Saxon has to offer.

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The Saxon Hotel - Snuggle into all that the Saxon has to offer.

Beneath the warm and tree-lined Johannesburg skies you’ll find the City of Gold’s luxurious Saxon Hotel.

Mandela sites in Gauteng

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Mandela sites in Gauteng

Nelson Mandela’s memory lives on in a number of places in Gauteng where he spent his formative political years, opening a legal practice and starting to play a leading role in the Struggle against apartheid.

In memory of those who sacrificed everything. Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

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In memory of those who sacrificed everything. Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

In memory of those who sacrificed everything Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Gauteng

Nelson Mandela Bridge

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Nelson Mandela Bridge

The Nelson Mandela Bridge - A fitting tribute to a great leader

Mandela and the Mother City

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Mandela and the Mother City

‘Cape Town, more than any other city in South Africa, has been home to people from different cultures for a long, long time.’ – Nelson Mandela

Inanda Heritage Route

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Inanda Heritage Route

The Inanda Heritage Route explores the often overlooked area on Inanda, north of Durban. Despite its apparent obscurity, this region has historical roots that run deep, as a place that experienced first-hand the injustices of apartheid, was the home of passive resistance and became an icon of the freedom struggle.

V&A Waterfront

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V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - Shopping in the shadow of the mountain

18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

With Nelson Mandela's passing, he will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and the remarkable achievement of bringing peace to a deeply divided country.

Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

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Place of human rights Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill remembers the horrors of the past, and yet embraces the promises of the future, marrying them with the reality of the present.

Kliptown Open Air Museum

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Kliptown Open Air Museum

The home of the Freedom Charter Kliptown Open Air Museum, Johannesburg

Lilliesleaf Farm

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Lilliesleaf Farm

Home of the Freedom Struggle Liliesleaf Farm

Walk through South Africa’s history in Pretoria, the capital city

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

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Voting Line sculpture – a symbol of the1994 elections

Walking around the Voting Line sculpture, you get the true sense of the Rainbow Nation of South Africa.

The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

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The Apartheid Museum – a soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit

A soulful reminder of the triumph of human spirit.

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