The area of Sandton in Johannesburg is a very upmarket and wealth area. Over the last 20 or so years it has developed from an area consisting of small holdings to being one of Johannesburg's financial and commercial hubs. Most of the development has taken place around the upmarket Sandton City Shopping Centre where I spent the last two and a half weeks on a exhibit stand promoting the Eastern Cape. Connected to Sandton City Shopping Centre is Nelson Mandela Square.
Nelson Mandela Square was formerly known as Sandton Square and was renamed Nelson Mandela Square in 2004 after a 6-metre statue of Nelson Mandela was installed on the square to honour the famous South African statesman.
The statue which was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane weighs 2.5 tons and measures 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow.The shoulders of the statue are 1.7 metres in width and the shoes are 1 metre in length.