The City of Cape Town, in partnership with the Western Cape government has started a month-long public participation period for the proposed R3.5 million statue and exhibition.
Minister of Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, says the R3.5 million budget is not only for the statue as reports indicate, but for what is called The Madiba Legacy Route.
He says the whole project is looking at connecting Robben Island, City Hall and Grand Parade to anchor the tourism route and create jobs.
He says the statue of Madiba will be erected at the Parade where he gave his first speech after he was released from Robben Island. Tourists can gather around it, take pictures and listen to the history of Madiba while enjoying a meal from the street vendors. Winde says an exhibition is currently been put together in the City Hall where tourists and tour guides can view more of Madiba's history.
We want to build a marketable route. We wont own it, it is for everyone and of course entrepreneurs should try and find ways to leverage various opportunities of that route.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities
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