Nelson Mandela Square
The Square, designed to bring to life an Italian styled piazza under the African sky is a major focal point of Sandton Central – completed after a decade of robust interactions between local government and various private enterprise players.
On the 31st of March 2004 the world’s first public statue of Nelson Mandela – was officially unveiled in Johannesburg, South Africa at an auspicious occasion held in what was then Sandton Square, now renamed NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City. This celebratory event also marked the Square’s tenth anniversary and commemorated South Africa’s first decade of democracy
The six-metre tall bronze statue was erected to honour and pay tribute to the great South African freedom fighter and statesman: President Nelson Mandela. The intention was also to create a focal point where local and foreign tourists could contemplate the events that led to the creation of the miracle of the Rainbow Nation.
To this end NELSON MANDELA SQUARE at Sandton City introduced talks and tours so visitors can be inspired.
Sandton is, without a doubt the most important business and financial district in South Africa, and plausibly even in sub-Saharan Africa.
The ‘Southern Suburbs’ of Sandton were laid out quite early in the century and by the 1930s they were well established as ‘gentleman estate’ areas with most of the properties being “one morgen” or larger. At this stage the ‘northern’ suburbs of Johannesburg were established and in some cases the suburbs extended beyond the boundaries of the city.
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