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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.
The first shebeens in South Africa were local bars and taverns where mostly working-class urban males could unwind, socialise, and escape the oppression of life during the Apartheid era.
Paul Kruger Street Synagogue, the first synagogue to be constructed in Pretoria, was expropriated by the government in 1952 and converted into a special Supreme Court.
Emirates Airline Park played a significant role in South African sporting history, after hosting the 1995 Rugby World Cup final.
Pretoria Central Prison is arguably the most infamous prison where Mandela was held before he was transferred to Robben Island.
The FNB stadium continues to be the preferred platform of choice for the Soweto derby involving Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
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.
National Archives and Records Service of South Africa - the Reading Room is open for public use and is free of charge.
The Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Facility gallows is now a museum. It memorialises the 3500 souls who met lost their lives here.
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