Proposal for new Madiba statue in Cape Town CBD

A bronze bust of Nelson Mandela was unveiled outside Parliament on 28 April 2014

The Cape Town city council will consider a proposal to erect a statue of Nelson Mandela on the Grand Parade. The council’s naming committee is forging ahead with plans to erect another statue of the former president in Cape Town, and has resolved to form a project team to speed up the process. The proposal for a Madiba statue in the Company’s Garden has been in the offing since 2013. The DA’s Xoliswa Pakela-Mapasa proposed that the committee also consider the Grand Parade as an alternative site, given its location across from the City Hall where Madiba made his iconic speech after his release from prison in 1990. In 2015, mayor Patricia de Lille also unveiled a bust of Madiba at City Hall as part of Freedom Day celebrations.The committee has since the proposal agreed that the city’s heritage manager will establish a team of officials to propose a suitable location.

Sources : IOL News  | Eyewitness News

Photo credit: Rahima Essop