Sym­bol of hope in Ham­man­skraal

African Times - - African Destinations -

IN 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


It 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.

The 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.-

Sculp­tor Phil Min­naar.

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