Good Day, my dear fellow lovers of South Africa. My compressed report on a massive project is finally on the hard disk. If I wanted to go into the details of all heroes of the struggle involved, I'd have to write a book, and this is not the space for such a large project. I will let some information and images pass by, and hope you will get a glimpse on the more positive developments of this country.
ENJOY!! (Except from the first introductory one, all other photos are taken by myself and you are free to download them if you wish).
TRIBUTE TO THE MANY MULTICULTURAL FREEDOMFIGHTERS OF SOUTH AFRICA
When all statues will be completed, a sea of 400 realistic, life-size struggle heroes will be depicted in bronze, all in motion and forming a throng as if at a protest march.
Xhosa king Hintsa is mounted on his horse, writer and activist Sol Plaatje is getting on his bicycle, some are holding up placards, others are armed with traditional weapons. All are moving forward.
At the back are figures from the 1600s, including Griqua leader Adam Kok and the Khoi chief David Stuurman.
The parade includes individuals from each region and era. Makhado, Dingane, Bambatha, Charlotte Maxexe, John Dube, Olive Schreiner and Steve Biko are all accounted for.
Right up front are the likes of Helen Suzman, Chris Hani and other recently deceased leaders.
When the time comes,which unfortunately it has, Nelson Mandela will be placed at the head of the procession.
|Helping Sol Plaitjies ring his bell...|
The 400 figures were selected after a research project undertaken by leading historians and heritage experts.
“When I did a documentary on the history of the ANC, I noticed that many of the historical characters who did heroic things to stop the dispossession of their land, who were the Madibas of their age, were not known today,” said Tambo at his home this week.
“I felt the story needed to be told of this long road that was walked to democracy. Learning about our history gives us a sense of self.”
He adds that South Africa’s existing heritage monuments are still predominantly products of the white experience and the imbalance needs to be addressed.
“In fact, you can go all over the world and you will find incredibly few sculptures of Africans anywhere.”
Forty South African sculptors are working on the project, which is being financed by both public and private funders, and could easily, at market value, run into a figure of R100 million.
Realistic bronze work is traditionally dominated by white artists, but Tambo says he has five black artists working on the project, which has a mentorship programme attached.
“By the end, we will have trained 20 new black sculptors,” he says.
Twenty-five sculptures have already been completed, the first of which were previewed at the ANC’s conference in Mangaung late last year and received positive attention.
Another 25 sculptures are currently being made.
I hope you have enjoyed this African excursion into the past and look forward to reporting again from this fascinating continent,