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2016-01-20 06:00
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MSUNDUZI Municipality have said that they are looking into returning the cartoon statues that made their appearance in a couple of city gardens at the beginning of the year following an outcry from residents after they were removed last week.

Statues of Spiderman and Diego from Ice Age, that were stored at the Msunduzi Parks and Recreation Department, were placed in two gardens in Scottsville - one near Golden Horse Casino and the other near Woodburn Stadium.

According to Lawrence Raubenheimer, owner of Pietermaritzburg Heritage Design and Creation, he was one of the people who made the statues in 2009 for the annual Fantasia flea market that used to be held at Alexandra Park.

“I think there were 13 made. I had made and repaired others in previous years, but I don’t know if they are around anymore. Christmas Fantasia was just a fun expo and flea market held at night with the emphasis on fun for children. It was lit in a fun way and was pretty in the rockery setting in Alexandra­ Park,” he said.

Nqobile Madonda, acting marketing and communications manager, last week appealed to those involved in placing the statues in the gardens to remove them and donate them to orphanages in the city for the benefit of the children. Following an investigation by the municipality Madonda said that it was “one of the staff members” who had placed the statues in the gardens after the person had been “given the go ahead by their manager”.

Madonda said the municipality is considering returning the statues to the gardens after they were well received by the community, and added a bit of humour.

However, Raubenheimer said the statues are made of polystyrene and covered with fibre glass or paint reinforced glass, which took about a month for him and four artists to complete.

“They were not designed to be on continuous display.

“They are also not heavy and can easily be stolen or vandalised,” he said.

Pat Riot

Great! We need more superheroes in SA.

Sally Byrne Beattie

Love them...quirky and cute!

Vicki Michelle Street

Someone has a brilliant sense of humour, which really is refreshing to see, far too much gloom and doom going on. I think Spiderman needs to come to the rescue more often.

Jogayle Barnes Wahl

They are awesome, we need more fun statues and the kids love them.

Margot Sennett Freedman

They add something very special and make kids feel part of PMB - and those of us who are children at heart too. Love them!

Jogayle Barnes Wahl

Are the people that removed them reading our comments? BRING BACK THE STATUES. BRING BACK THE STATUES. BRING BACK THE STATUES!

Alison Kelly
My son loves Spidey! Please bring him back!

Brett Teichmann

I think they add such character! I bet everyone that saw them was chatting to one another about them. I reckon they must stay! Bring some fun into our lives.

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