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Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled in London

In August 2007, a 2,7m statue of Nelson Mandela was unveiled in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

The unveiling was attended by Mandela, his wife Graça Machel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, then London Mayor Ken Livingstone and philanthropist and film director Lord Richard Attenborough.

Livingstone said: "Mr Mandela, there can be no more fitting place than this square, which you will share with the American president who freed the slaves, Abraham Lincoln, and the British prime minister, Winston Churchill, who led a nation standing alone against the greatest evil of the 20th century. Long after we are forgotten, you will be remembered for having taught the world one amazing truth, that you can achieve justice without vengeance." He continued: "I honour you and London honours you."

The statue - the brainchild of former anti-apartheid editor and activist Donald Woods - was made by artist Ian Walters. Walters completed the clay model of the statue but died before it was cast in bronze.

Nelson Mandela in Sandton City

The first public statue of South Africa's former president Nelson Mandela was unveiled in March 2004 at the Sandton City shopping mall's Nelson Mandela Square.

Sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane over two years, the bronze statue stands 6m tall and weighs 2.5 tons.

The statue, which portrays Mandela doing his famous Madiba jive, has attracted criticism, with some questioning whether it was appropriate for him to be honoured in a shopping mall.

The statue was unveiled by Mandela's eldest granddaughter, Ndileka, who said: "He's not just a grandfather to us, but to the whole nation."


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Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund

In 1995 the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund was established,with the vision of improving the lives of children and the youth. The fund also operates in four other countries. Learn more here