Pan Africanism : Proposed Mandela Statue Taller Than Statue of Liberty...

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  1. Aqil

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    JOHANNESBURG, July 19 (Xinhuanet) - A planned statue dedicated to former South African president Nelson Mandela will be tall enough to eclipse the Statue of Liberty in the United States, South African newspaper Die Burger reported on Tuesday. The statue, called the "Freedom Monument," has a spiral design that will stand 400 feet high, taller than the American symbol of freedom, which stands 305 feet above the New York harbor, said the report.

    Local authorities of the southern city of Port Elizabeth announced the winning design of the monument as Mandela, a widely-respected anti-apartheid hero and Nobel Peace Prize winner, turned 87 on Monday. The statue - of 50 million rand ($7.6 million U.S. dollars) - will be erected in the harbor of Port Elizabeth, which is near Mandela's ancestral home, and has already been included into a larger metropolitan area named after him. The report said the judges were impressed by the tower design by Equilibrium Studio Architects, which symbolizes Mandela's long walk to freedom.

    Executive mayor Nceba Faku told the newspaper that while it was difficult to say when construction will start, the project must be completed by 2010, when South Africa hosts the soccer World Cup tournament. However, uncertainty remained as to when the land on which the monument is to be erected will be under the control of the Nelson Mandela metropolitan council. Die Burger said Transnet, South Africa's state transport group, owned the land on which the monument is to be built and negotiations were underway between the Mandela Bay development agency and Transnet. The development agency of the freedom monument has never hidden their aspiration for the project's role in boosting the local economy.

    A feasibility study showed that a "bold tribute to freedom" would attract between 1,000 and 2,000 visitors a day, generating over 365 million rand ($55 million U.S. dollars) a year for the metro, and create more than 1,000 jobs.

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    PLEASE tell me angry supremist punks are not planning to tear it down as soon as it gets up. We all know what happened to the Original Statue of Liberty in this country!

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    Very good, Aqil!

    Since Mandela was and is a living manifestation of freedom fighting, his statue should be highter and mightier than the Statue of Liberty... No Prob... Plus the money generated by tourism and the like, should put some food in the mouths of many South Africans... Let the building begin!

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    Thank you for that Info
    Agil I didnt know about this
    Will have to further research
    Updates for real
     
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