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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 12 June 1999 in honour of the heroes who 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.
The 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.
Take a tour of Soweto, Johannesburg’s vibrant city-within-a-city – apart from learning the history of the struggle against apartheid, you can immerse yourself in a modern urban vibe with lots to do.
South Africans are a diverse mix of peoples from Africa, Europe, Asia and elsewhere, and the many museums scattered around the country preserve rich histories, heritages and cultural traditions.
South Africa is a country of rich religious diversity, protected by the Constitution, so explore sacred architecture and spiritual traditions at our many historic places of worship.
Wits Art Museum – part of the University of the Witwatersrand – houses an African art collection that was started in the 1920s and includes masks, photographs, paintings and more.
There are many well-known historic and contemporary art works on display in art museums and galleries in each of South Africa's 9 provinces, with many important permanent art collections centred in the country's major cities.
National Stadium in Soweto, which was known as ‘Soccer City’ during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, is available for tours. Because of massive demand, however, you will need to book ahead to secure your trip around the famous sporting venue. Tours, which last up to 90 minutes, are available on Thursdays. During the tour, guests will visit the exclusive VIP suites, change rooms, warm-up areas, players' tunnel, the pitch, and upper sections of the stands.
House 8115, Vilakazi Street, Orlando, Soweto, has become one of the most famous addresses in South Africa. It is the house where former South African President Nelson Mandela lived, on and off, for more than 14 years.