Nelson Mandela statue at the Union Buildings

Today a 9 metre tall bronze statue of former South African president Nelson Mandela was unveiled at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Mandela’s funeral took place in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. The funeral service was broadcast live on national television in South Africa.

Former South African prime minister J.B.M Hertzog’s statue was moved to a new spot to make space for the Nelson Mandela statue. The towering Madiba statue depicts a smiling Nelson Mandela looking out over and ready to embrace the city of Pretoria with outstretched arms. It symbolizes him embracing the whole nation and serves as a constant reminder for South Africans to maintain Madiba’s values of unity, reconciliation, compassion and ubuntu. The R8 million statue was created by South African sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Janse van Vuuren. It’s truly a stunning statue, just check out the photo of it below (which has been selected as the Daily Cool Photo for the 16th of December 2013) on Running Wolf’s Rant.

Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings

I live in Pretoria but I have not been to the Union Buildings in a while, maybe I should go check this out for myself – I don’t live that far from it. What do you think of this statue? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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