Icons honoured

Anti-apartheid activist and Rivonia trialist, Ahmed Kathrada.

One hundred life-size bronze statues of historical South African and global liberation icons are on display at Century City.

The exhibition, The Long March to Freedom, is a project run by the National Heritage Project Company, a non-profit company and it has been set up just off the archway bridge at Century City next to the N1.

The statues stand on artificial grass and at the forefront are the figures of former president Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on the day he was released from prison.

Next to each statue is a small placard with information about the icons as well as the sculptors who made them. A total of 40 professional sculptors were used as well as emerging art students from various institutions.

National Heritage Project Company chief executive officer, Dali Tambo, son of anti-apartheid stalwart and former ANC president Oliver Tambo, said the exhibition was intended “to make history spectacular and emotive”.

He said the greatest way to pay homage to the “pantheon of patriots” was by remembering them and teaching future generations about them.

The exhibition is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Adults pay R75 and children under 12 pay R50. Tickets can be bought through Computicket or at the gate.