Since Madiba's death in December 2013, emphasis has been placed on tourist attractions that commemorate his life - See the Madiba inspired tourist map here.
While travel certainly is all about fun and enjoying some downtime, there is no denying that all-encompassing side of it when you visit a place that either broadens your mind or simply smashes certain perceptions you have. It changes you in ways you never could imagine.
This perspective shared by blogger Miss Milli, means you may never look at the Mandela Square Mall statue in the same light ever again - whether you're visiting Joburg's Sandton for the first time or not. Read more of Miss Milli's postings here.
"Wow did you guys see this story? On Monday, a woman walked towards the giant Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg and stripped naked until security probably came to remove her as demonstrated in these images above.
"There’s something really wonderful about it.
"It is not clear who this woman is or why she did it but somebody on twitter called her Braveheart and I must agree, there is something spectacular about this statement.
"Some dim witted people were complaining about the type of body she has, some have called it ”yuck” and how it would have been better to have a young ”firm” body.
"Whether it is art or not, my interpretation of this is that she is making the invisible real and black body visible, making it visible at the physical embodiment of South Africa’s neo-liberal agenda, one that prioritizes capital not people, it is a building that represents all the wrong turns we’ve made to end up in a situation where 25% of South Africans are unemployed and poor, a building that represents our nation’s status as the dumping ground for Western Imperialism .
"It’s a comment on how commodified the image of Mandela has become. It towers over a mall, a mall whose shops consist of celebrating the success of international brands and globalization that impedes our own development. Her body and statement are beautiful and brave. Thank you mystery Braveheart….if that’s what you were going for.
"Please do it again somewhere else. Of course, this is just my interpretation. Some of you may think this is totally messed up. At least she has us thinking."
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