Madiba to loom over Grand Parade

2017-07-04 06:02

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The revitalisation of Grand Parade and City Hall is set to boost tourism and job creation.

The City of Cape Town’s naming and nomination committee has recommended to mayor Patricia de Lille that the City start with the installation of a life-size statue of late former president Nelson Mandela and a permanent exhibition honouring him at City Hall.

These initiatives form part of the broader revitalisation of the Grand Parade and surrounds as a tourist ­destination.

The committee considered the report last week on the outcome of the public participation process about the proposed heritage project to commemorate the life and work of Madiba and those who were involved in South Africa’s transition to democracy.

Should the mayor and full council agree with the recommendation, the statue will be installed on the balcony at City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address after his release from prison on 11 February 1990, says committee chairperson Brett Herron.

The project is key to the City’s vision to redevelop City Hall and the Grand Parade, Herron says.

“City Hall and the Grand Parade have great potential as tourist attractions and could contribute significantly to local job creation and economic opportunities. Those who have recently visited the Grand Parade in particular will be aware of the challenges we face in keeping the area clean and attractive. Given its location next to the Castle and opposite City Hall, we now have the opportunity to turn this historic landmark into a prime cultural tourism destination,” says Herron.

The provincial government will fund the statue which is to be donated to the City.

“Thus, the procurement of the proposed statue will be at no cost to Cape Town’s ratepayers. The City has, however, budgeted about R1.3m for the operational costs, inclusive of the ongoing maintenance of the exhibition and statue. The R1.3m must be seen as an investment in the neglected area adjacent to Darling Street,” says Herron.

It is proposed that the permanent exhibition at City Hall will 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 struggle, the events leading up to Mandela’s release and the transition to democracy.

The revitalisation of Grand Parade and City Hall is set to boost tourism and job creation.

The City of Cape Town’s naming and nomination committee has recommended to mayor Patricia de Lille that the City start with the installation of a life-size statue of late former president Nelson Mandela and a permanent exhibition honouring him at City Hall.

These initiatives form part of the broader revitalisation of the Grand Parade and surrounds as a tourist ­destination.

The committee considered the report last week on the outcome of the public participation process about the proposed heritage project to commemorate the life and work of Madiba and those who were involved in South Africa’s transition to democracy.

Should the mayor and full council agree with the recommendation, the statue will be installed on the balcony at City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address after his release from prison on 11 February 1990, says committee chairperson Brett Herron. The project is key to the City’s vision to redevelop City Hall and the Grand Parade, Herron says. “City Hall and the Grand Parade have great potential as tourist attractions and could contribute significantly to local job creation and economic opportunities. Those who have recently visited the Grand Parade in particular will be aware of the challenges we face in keeping the area clean and attractive. Given its location next to the Castle and opposite City Hall, we now have the opportunity to turn this historic landmark into a prime cultural tourism destination,” says Herron.

The provincial government will fund the statue which is to be donated to the City.

The revitalisation of Grand Parade and City Hall is set to boost tourism and job creation.

The City of Cape Town’s naming and nomination committee has recommended to mayor Patricia de Lille that the City start with the installation of a life-size statue of late former president Nelson Mandela and a permanent exhibition honouring him at City Hall.

These initiatives form part of the broader revitalisation of the Grand Parade and surrounds as a tourist ­destination.

The committee considered the report last week on the outcome of the public participation process about the proposed heritage project to commemorate the life and work of Madiba and those who were involved in South Africa’s transition to democracy.

Should the mayor and full council agree with the recommendation, the statue will be installed on the balcony at City Hall where Madiba delivered his first public address after his release from prison on 11 February 1990, says committee chairperson Brett Herron.

The project is key to the City’s vision to redevelop City Hall and the Grand Parade, Herron says.

“City Hall and the Grand Parade have great potential as tourist attractions and could contribute significantly to local job creation and economic opportunities. Those who have recently visited the Grand Parade in particular will be aware of the challenges we face in keeping the area clean and attractive. Given its location next to the Castle and opposite City Hall, we now have the opportunity to turn this historic landmark into a prime cultural tourism destination,” says Herron. The provincial government will fund the statue which is to be donated to the City.

“Thus, the procurement of the proposed statue will be at no cost to Cape Town’s ratepayers. The City has, however, budgeted about R1.3m for the operational costs, inclusive of the ongoing maintenance of the exhibition and statue. The R1.3m must be seen as an investment in the neglected area adjacent to Darling Street,” says Herron.

It is proposed that the permanent exhibition at City Hall will 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 struggle, the events leading up to Mandela’s release and the transition to democracy.

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