Residents called to submit ideas for city landmark

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) invited all South African citizens to submit innovative ideas for the development of an iconic, world-class precinct to celebrate and honour Nelson Mandela’s contribution to South Africa.

The landmark precinct is to be the identity of Nelson Mandela Bay, showcasing and celebrating all the different cultures and heritages represented in the city, including a statue of Madiba.

Announcing the initiative, executive director of economic development, tourism and agriculture, Anele Qaba said, “The city has a unique opportunity being the only one to borrow the name of the great icon in the late Nelson Mandela.

The iconic landmark precinct, when open, will be the centrepiece and hub of tourism, creative economy and a meeting place for all the people of the world, adding much-needed unique tourism offerings to grow the tourism economy of our region.”

The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), which has been charged with implementing the programme, has designed a process that is accessible by everyone regardless of locality, affluence and social standing.

Manager for planning and development Dorelle Sapere said, “We have created multiple platforms for citizens to engage and participate.

Not only will the big creative agencies or architect firms enter, but every other citizen has an equal opportunity to design the future iconic landmark.

Various online and offline platforms are now available closer to communities.”

#DesignYourPrecinct entry forms are available at The Athenaeum, the Tramways Building, Helenvale Resource Centre, Motherwell Business Support Centre and the Nelson Mandela Bay Art Museum.

Artists can then follow the instruction on the form and let their creativity flow into a sheet of paper.

Entries can be submitted through special submission boxes at the Helenvale Resource Centre or the Motherwell Business Support Centre by May 4 or at the Tramways Building by May 5.

For more information, contact project coordinator Oyama Vanto on 041 811 8200 or go to www.designyourprecinct.co.za.

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