A 9m high bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela is being be erected at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. It will be unveiled on Reconciliation Day, December 16, as part of the Union Buildings’ centenary and the countdown to the country’s 20 years of freedom celebrations.

The R8-million statue will depict Madiba with his signature smile, with an open arm pose and one leg slightly extended back. The statue is still being constructed by South African artists Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Jansen van Vuuren.

The two have in the past worked together on sculptures of Chief Langalibalele and Dr Abdullah Abdurahman. Van Vuuren said they had tried to capture Madiba as a symbol of peace, “where people can go to when they need answers”.

Tuesday 5 November 2013 15:40