Public participation recommended for proposed Madiba statue

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

Update (February 2017) :

The City of Cape Town’s Naming and Nomination Committee recommended that the City undertake a public participation process to engage with Capetonians about the intended memorialisation of Madiba, with a statue and exhibition at City Hall.

The proposed project forms part of the National Liberation Heritage Route, an initiative of the National Heritage Council and the National Department of Tourism. It is a joint effort between the City and the Western Cape Government’s Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the Sport Department.

According to Councillor Brett Herron, the Chairperson of the City’s Naming and Nomination Committee, the proposed location of the statue is the balcony at the City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address, following his release from the then Victor Verster Prison on 11 February 1990.

The proposed exhibition is to consist of interpretive panels, audio-visual equipment and interactive displays, to commemorate Madiba’s legacy and to honour the organisations and people who were involved in the liberation struggle, the events leading up to Mandela’s release, and the transition to democracy.

The proposed location is at the City Hall, with the hope that it will become a popular tourist attraction. The Western Cape Government has budgeted approximately R3.5 million for the funding of the memorial and the City approximately R1.3 million for the operational costs, inclusive of the ongoing maintenance of the exhibition and statue.



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