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Johannesburg's Shadow Boxing Sculpture Dedicated To Nelson Mandella

Posted: May. 29th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Mandella's Shadow Boxing Statue
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Commemorating the boxing past of former president Nelson Mandella and adding to the wide list of things to see in Johannesburg, the city has dedicated a new “shadow boxing” sculpture to the nation's former leader. The statue was unveiled on the 50th anniversary of Africa Day.

shadow boxing” sculpture – depicting former President Nelson Mandela exhibiting his boxing skills in his younger days – was unveiled at the Westgate Precinct in the Johannesburg inner city by Mayor Clr Mpho Parks Tau at the weekend.

The unveiling of the sculpture, based on a picture taken by legendary and renowned Drum magazine photographer Bob Gosani in the 1950s, was part of the City of Johannesburg’s celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of Africa Day – the day when the Organisation for African Unity (OAU), the predecessor to the African Union (AU), was established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


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