Mandela Bay Development Agency | Nelson Mandela Bay | Port Elizabeth | Uitenhage | Despatch | South Africa
Mandela Bay Development Agency | Nelson Mandela Bay | Port Elizabeth | Uitenhage | Despatch | South Africa
Home About Us Tenders Vacancies Media Links Contacts
Mandela Bay Development Agency | Nelson Mandela Bay | Port Elizabeth | Uitenhage | Despatch | South Africa


  In the News - 30 April 2014

2015-04-30 02:42:19 PM

Initiative to erect massive Mandela monument in Bay gains pace

A PLAN by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to erect a massive monument depicting former statesman Nelson Mandela is gaining momentum, with the MBDA tasked with raising funds for the project.

The Mandela Bay Development Agency got the go-ahead from the economic development, tourism and agriculture portfolio committee yesterday to look into the idea of developing the monument for the city. It still needs council’s approval.

It is not clear where the monument will be situated, but councillors said yesterday they felt it had to be erected at the Motherwell Peace Park.

In MBDA chief executive Pierre Voges’s report to the committee, he stated that South Africa’s ambassador to Washington DC, Ebrahim Rasool, was keen to help source the money for the monument.

This followed mayor Ben Fihla’s recent visit to New York and Chicago. “One of the executive mayor’s strategic projects includes the building of a Nelson Mandela monument similar to the memorials of Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln in Washington DC.

“The mayor requested the MBDA to develop a concept document or proposal regarding this construction of [a] Nelson Mandela monument.

“The intention will be to raise money for a Motherwell Peace Park memorial, but also to use the opportunity to raise funding for a more prominently based Nelson Mandela monument for the city.

“Such a monument will be very visible from the road, sea and air, and needs to be part of a bigger freedom precinct such as Route 67 and the Donkin [as well as being near] other public amenities such as banks, travel agents, beaches, airport and shipping centres. [It] must be a ‘must see’ facility,” Voges’s report states.

ANC councillor Zukile Jodwana said it was imperative the monument be erected at the Motherwell Peace Park as it was there that Mandela first met thousands of supporters soon after his release from prison.

DA councillor Chris Roberts wanted to know if security would be hired to protect the monument against vandals.

Committee chairwoman Babalwa Lobishe said with their buy-in, the community would look after it. “That Peace Park was beautified in 2010 and from 2010 until now, there has been no vandalism.”

-Rochelle de Kock

http://www.heraldlive.co.za/monument-bay-gains-pace/