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Tuesday Aug 06, 2013

New Tshwane park to be a Madiba tribute

A dusty informal parking area on the banks of the Apies River is being transformed into a park by the City of Tshwane.

The new park at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Drive and Madiba Street.

The park at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Drive and Madiba Street is part of the city's beautification programme and meant to honour Nelson Mandela who celebrated his 95th birthday this year.

Its location, said the municipality, gave significance to the project as it was at a unique place in the capital city.

Farai Mupingo, the general manager for Gau-Flower, the construction company tasked with ensuring the project is brought to life, said: 'The idea behind the concept is to provide an outdoor living area to be viewed and enjoyed by the public.'
Mupingo said the municipality wanted the park to have an Afrocentric theme. The park had bold symbolic features to illustrate uTata Madiba's legacy. These included his Struggle against the apartheid regime, featuring the three steel-tree structures that represented nine of the 27 years he spent in prison.

A large drystone wall has also been built and features a number of black and white pictures, including a group of women in traditional dress, a tree with a bright light shining through, and a lone figure standing beside a tall tree.

Blessing Manale, spokesman for the Tshwane Metro, said the park would make use of mostly indigenous plants, in particular the Strelitzia Mandela's Gold, formerly known as the Kirstenbosch Gold.

Some people who commute through the city have already starting noticing the addition. Ottecia Nkate, 16, a pupil at Dansa College, said: 'Its really nice. We walk past here every day and can't wait for it to be finished.'

Mupingo said the park was almost complete.

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