Street names: International

City of Cardiff, Wales, named a street after Nelson Mandela

Camden Borough Council, London, names the street where the Anti-Apartheid Movement has its headquarters as ‘Mandela Street’.

Street in Glasgow, Scotland, where South African Consulate is sited, renamed after Mandela

New York City renamed square in front of South African mission to the United Nations ‘Nelson and Winnie Mandela Plaza’

Senegal’s President Abdou Diouf inaugurates Soweto Square and Nelson Mandela Avenue in the centre of Dakar

City Council of Harlow, United Kingdom, renamed one of its major roads in honour of Nelson Mandela

‘Nelson Mandela Road’ to Katse, LesothoSquare in Clayes-sous-Bois, France, named ‘Nelson Mandela Square’,

Mandela Avenue, Falkirk, Scotland

Mandela Avenue, Harlow, Essex,England

Mandela Close, Australia Road, White City, London, England. London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Mandela Close, Norwich, Norfolk, England

Mandela Close, Stanley, England. County Durham.

Mandela Close, Sunderland, Lancashire, England

Mandela Link, Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Mandela Place, Watford, Hertfordshire

Mandela Road, Canning Town, London, England. London Borough of Newham

Mandela Way, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England

Mandela Way, Southwalk, London, England. London Borough of Southwalk. Pronounced “Suthik” – “u” as in “Cuthbert”

Mandela Way, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Mandela Street, Lambeth, London, England

Mandela Street, Stockwell, London, England. London Borough of Lambeth

Nelson Mandela Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe. Renamed from Baker Avenue

Nelson Mandela Avenue, Windhoek, Namibia. Certificate by Vivienne Graig, Mayor of Windhoek

Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Caracus, Venezuela. In the Parish (ward) of Altagracia.

Nelson Mandela Close, Harlesden, London, England. London Borough of Brent

Nelson Mandela Close, Muswell Hill, London, London Borough of Haringey

Nelson Mandela Highway, Kingston, Jamaica.

Nelson Mandela Marg interchange, New Delhi, India

Nelson Mandela Road, Kidbrooke, London, England. London Borough of Greenwich

Nelson Mandela Street in Tunis, Tunisia

Nelson Mandela Street, Zone Industrielle Borj Cedria, Tunisia

Nelson Mandela Street, Cite Barkly, Beau-Bassin, Mauritius

Nelson Mandela Street, Port Louis, Mauritius

Nelson Mandela Street, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nelson Mandela Street, Terre Rouge, Mauritius

Nelson Mandela Walk, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England


Monument to Nelson Mandela unveiled in Merrion Square, Dublin
This demonstrated quite clearly where the Irish people stood in relation to apartheid and the system of government in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela Square- Sandton
Sandton Square was renamed Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City, following the unveiling of a 6m bronze statue of a Nelson Mandela.

Mandela Monument, Soweto

City Council of Dublin, Ireland, unveiled sculpture in a city park by Elisabeth Frink dedicated to Nelson Mandela

Statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square in Westminster, central London
The Mandela statue will join those of Winston Churchill, Benjamin Disraeli, Sir Robert Peel and the South African Field Marshal Smuts, but only after a five-year row over where it should go. A bust of Mandela first arrived in London in 1985, at a time when the ANC leader was still in captivity at Robben Island prison. Sculpted by Ian Walters, it was placed outside the Royal Festival Hall. Later, when Mandela had been accepted as one of the great political icons of the 20th century, there were calls for the bust to be moved to Trafalgar Square. Donald Woods, the South African newspaper editor and anti-apartheid activist, suggested that Walters produce a new full-length sculpture for a suitably prominent location. Woods raised support and financing and, in 2002, Walters travelled to South Africa.

Mandela sat for nine hours while Walters worked on a clay model — afterwards he said that Walters was the only artist to whom he had given so much time. The statue remained in clay, while in London a dispute rumbled on over where to put it. In December 2005 the Government’s planning inspectorate upheld a decision by Westminster City Council to refuse permission to place the statue on the north terrace of Trafalgar Square. The statue was to be cast in bronze only once a location for it had been agreed — the wait was too long for Walters, who died of cancer on August 3 last year (2006).

Nelson Mandela Statue in Sandton Square
It was donated to South Africa by international donors, who wish to remain anonymous. They asked Sandton Square for permission to erect the statue there, after assessing several locations around the country.
The question why the statue of Mandela was being erected in an exclusive area such as Sandton, when he represented mainly the disadvantaged people of South Africa, was often asked. “The square was selected because it is one of the largest public open spaces in South Africa and offers good security,” said centre manager Gary Vipon.

Bust of Nelson Mandela erected by the Greater London Council
Because his message and life-long commitment to the struggle for freedom of the majority of South Africans is shared and supported by this council.

Park in Hull, Britain, named ‘Mandela Park’

Park in Leicester, England, named after Mandela
Formerly Welford Road Recreation Ground, has a sign in which quotes Nelson Mandela: “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere”.

Nelson Mandela Park, Kingston, Jamaica
This park was named in honour of Nelson Mandela who visited Jamaica while he was President of South Africa. The Park is used for political and religious meetings.

Madiba Bay Leisure Park, Nelson Mandela Bay


Coventry City Council named new building after Mandela
Hackney Council, London, renames a housing block after Nelson Mandela
Haringey Borough Council, London, names housing development after Nelson Mandela
Nottingham City Council names a room in a sports centre
City of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, UK, renames its speakers’ corner Nelson Mandela Corner
Nuremberg Platz renamed ‘Nelson Mandela Platz’, Nuremberg, Germany


City Council of Leeds, Britain, names the Civic Hall ‘Nelson Mandela Gardens’
Mandela Gardens were first instituted in 1982 to encourage solidarity with the plight of Nelson Mandela, the leader of the African National Congress in South Africa, who had been imprisoned by the ‘apartheid’ state in 1963. Support for the anti-apartheid movement had been strong in Leeds since the South African cricket and rugby team’s tour of the UK, which visited Headingley in the 1970s. The gardens were rededicated on the occasion of South Africa’s first full democratic election, at which Nelson Mandela became the country’s first black President.

The gardens, in the south-east corner of Millennium Square, feature a 16-foot high bronze statue entitled ‘Both Arms’ by internationally renowned Leeds-born sculptor Kenneth Armitage. A water feature with two circular, interlocking pools of water and ripples, cascades, jets and a mini canal forms a focal point for the garden and provides an attractive setting in which people can relax. The re-designed Mandela Gardens was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in April 2001, at a ceremony in which he was given the ‘Freedom of Leeds’.

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Nelson Mandela Bay, home to Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Dispatch is the only metropolitan area that was allowed by the former president to bear his name.

Community centres

The ‘Mandela Centre’ opened in Chapeltown, Leeds in 1984.
The Mandela Centre offers a full programme of activities in sport, recreation, education, culture and entertainment.


Park Public School renamed Nelson Mandela Park Public School, Toronto, Canada
The name change honours Mandela’s legacy and his fight to help those who are less fortunate. It also recognizes the rich heritage of the school and its community.

Nelson Mandela Foundation
Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund


Mandela Family Museum, Soweto
The museum, a house comprising four inter-leading rooms, contains a rather higgledy-piggledy assortment of memorabilia, paintings and photographs of the Mandela family, as well as a collection of honorary doctorates bestowed on Mandela by universities and institutions around the world. There’s also a boxing belt from Sugar Ray Leonard, a multi-coloured cloak presented to the former president, and a row of his old boots. The matchbox home, at 8115 Ngakane Street, was Mandela’s first house. He moved there with his first wife, Evelyn Ntoko Mase, in 1946. After their divorce in 1957, she moved out. When Mandela married Winnie Madikizela in 1958, she joined him at the Soweto home. However, during the ensuing years, when his life as a freedom fighter was all-consuming, Mandela seldom stayed there. Madikizela-Mandela continued to live in the tiny house with her two daughters, Zeni and Zindzi, while Mandela was in jail. The house was petrol-bombed and set alight several times during this period.

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, formerly the King George VI Art Gallery, was opened on 22 June 1956 and renamed in December 2002. The collections are housed in two buildings framing the entrance to St George’s Park and consist of South African art (particularly that of the Eastern Cape), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles)


Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University: Opened on 1 January 2005, the result of a merger of the PE Technikon, the University of Port Elizabeth and the Port Elizabeth campus of Vista University.
Inspired by the leadership qualities of Nelson Mandela in the transformation to democracy in South Africa.

Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, Durban
On its 50th anniversary, the Medical School received the finest birthday present it could have wished for – the agreement of Nelson Mandela, to link his name to the school. The University of Natal chose to honour him because it believes that of all the medical schools in South Africa, and indeed all of the universities, this medical school symbolises the very life of the man – his aims and ideals of justice, equality, educational opportunity and human dignity.


Protea cyneroides (“Madiba”) – a striking, deep red king protea named after Nelson Mandela, known to millions by his clan name, Madiba.

Strelitzia reginae (“Mandela’s Gold”) – The National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town introduced this rare and spectacular yellow-flowering strelitzia to horticulture in 1994 – the year that Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa.


Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Eastern Cape (Formerly Port Elizabeth)
Nelson Mandela Bay, home to Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Dispatch is the only metropolitan area that was allowed by the former president to bear his name. By adopting his name, the metro strives to align itself with the “spirit of freedom” eminent in the life and life-long philosophy of this great man.


Mandela Park Township in Hout Bay, Cape Town
Mandela, Free State
Mandela, Standerton, Mpumalanga
Mandela, Parys, Free State
Mandela, Khutsong, Gauteng
Mandela Extension 2, Mpumalanga
Mandela Extension 2, Nkanini, Mpumalanga
Mandela Park, Free State
Mandela Park, Mpumalanga
Mandela Section, Mpumalanga
Mandela Section, Free State
Mandela Village, Mpumalanga
Mandela Village, Hammanskraal, Gauteng
Mandela Village, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape
Mandela Village, Mamelodi, Gauteng
Mandela Village, Mpumalanga
Mandelaville, Uitenhage, Eastern Cape

Street names: National

Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, Johannesburg
Two years and R38-million in the making, the Nelson Mandela Bridge has emerged as a new landmark in Gauteng. The 284-metre long bridge crosses over 42 operational railway lines in linking Braamfontein and the north of Johannesburg to Newtown in the heart of the city’s central business district.

Nelson Mandela Drive, Pretoria
Nelson Mandela Boulevard, Pretoria
Nelson Mandela Street, Rustenburg, North West
Nelson Mandela Drive, Polokwane, Limpopo
Nelson Mandela Drive, Limpopo, Limpopo
Nelson Mandela Drive, Umtata, Eastern Cape
Nelson Mandela Street, Mafikeng, North West
Nelson Mandela Street, Etwatwa, Gauteng
Nelson Mandela Street, Mpumalanga
Nelson Mandela Street, East London, Eastern Cape
Nelson Mandela Street, Musina, Limpopo
Dr Nelson Mandela Drive, Mpumalanga
Mandela Avenue, Middleburg, Mpumalanga
Mandela Drive, Mpumalanga
Mandela Road, Ladysmith, Kwazulu Natal
Mandela Road, Tabong, Free State
Mandela Street, Bela Bela, Limpopo
Mandela Street, North West
Mandela Street, Soweto, Gauteng
Mandela Street, Gansbaai, Western Cape
Mandela Street, Humansdorp, Eastern Cape
Mandela Street, Potchefstroom, North West
Mandela Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Mandela Street, Randfontein, Gauteng
Mandela Street, Motherwell, Eastern Cape
Mandela Street, Calvinia, Northern Cape
Mandela Street, Northern Cape, Northern Cape
Mandela Street, Phagameng, Limpopo
Mandela Street, Western Cape, Western Cape
Mandela Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

Theatres / Centres
The Nelson Mandela Yard Interpretation Centre, Alexandra
The Nelson Mandela Yard Interpretation Centre is the first project in Alexandra that has been backed by community ownership. The R6,5-million project, funded by the national Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism is diagonally across from the single room that Mandela rented in the early 1940s when he first came to Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela Theatre, Braamfontein

The Johannesburg Civic Theatre in Braamfontein is made up of the Mandela Theatre, the Tesson Theatre and People’s Theatre. The Mandela Theatre is the biggest of the three – with a seating capacity of 1 061 people and is one of the most sought after theatres in South Africa, especially by overseas production companies. It is dim inside; the air-conditioner keeps the fresh air coming and the comfortable red chairs bring dignity to the place. Its stage covers 400 square metres.

Nuclear particle
A nuclear particle discovered by scientists at the University of Leeds is named “Mandela particle”

Who discovered the particle: Discovered by Dr Walter E. Kellerman, Dr Gordon Brooks and Dr John Baruch at Leeds University in the United Kingdom.
What was it: The ‘Mandela’ particle was (at that time) a new sub-nuclear particle from cosmic ray interactions in experiments. The scientists observed a bump in the ‘hadron energy spectrum in cosmic rays’ which was detected by an ‘innovative hadron calorimeter’. This could have been due to a new particle, which the researchers dubbed the Mandela. Sadly, the bump was eventually found to be due to a burned-out connection in the detector’s custom-built computer. (CERN Courier 2006)
Why it was named ‘Mandela’: Dr John Baruch says in a Bradford University staff profile that he was interested in politics at the time and suggested that the particle be named after Nelson and Winnie Mandela. Nelson Mandela was in jail at the time but says Baruch ‘I thought their time would come and so would this new nuclear particle. As with many things scientific, the data improved the particle went away, but not before we had hit the world headlines and had two TV programmes made. Mandela did rather better and Apartheid was pushed into the dustbin of History.’