WHILE recently attending a design course in Johannesburg, I overheard my Beeld newspaper colleagues organising a tour of Soweto for our Australian speaker. I was eager to join, but when I heard the asking price was around R800 I declined. Instead, we went to Kliptown’s Walter Sisulu Square, where Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf gave her Nelson Mandela lecture on Sunday night. A post-modern concrete jungle stuck out like a crashed plane and a roundabout held five outer space-like square columns, hanging onto which were an abseiling crew. They had just attached a banner to the top of the slab, which was about 30 metres in the air. They let go. A majestic Mandela rolled into the concrete space with the words: “Mandela Lecture Series 2008” forming on the space.