Question NW1548 to the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

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29 July 2020 - NW1548

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Denner, Ms H to ask the Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture

(1) What (a) what are the total number of statues that have been erected in the Republic since 1994, (b) is the exact location of each specified statue, (c) was the initial cost to erect each statue and did it cost his department to maintain and safeguard the statues in each of the past 5 financial years; (2) whether he will make a statement on the matter?


1. (a). There is no central record of the total number of statues that have been erected in the Republic since 1994 because statues have been developed and installed by different national government departments, provincial, district and local governments, government entities and agencies, Trusts and Foundations. Statues the Department have developed directly, through its entities such as SAHRA and through grant funding for 63 statutes, including the development of 58 statues as part of the Long March to Freedom developed by the National Heritage Project Company,

(b). The Nelson Mandela Statue is installed at the apex between the right and left wings of the Union Buildings in Pretoria, Gauteng; the statue of Nkosi Albert Luthuli is at the Municipal offices of the KwaDukuza Local Municipality, KwaDukuza, KwaZulu-Natal; the Nelson Mandela statue is installed at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters building in New York, United States of America; NkosiBhambatha statue is in uMvoti Local Municipality Office in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal, the statue of Robert Sobukwe is in GraafReinette and the statues of the Long March to Freedom names are attached as Annexure A and is currently installed at Century City in Cape Town;

(c). The Nelson Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings cost R8 million to build and is being maintained by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. The construction of the Nkosi Albert Luthuli statue amounted to R700 000and is part of the Luthuli Museum maintenance costs. The construction of the Nelson Mandela statue costed R1,1 million and is being maintained by the UN. The Bhambatha statue cost R890 000 to develop and is being maintained by the local municipality. The statue of Robert Sobukwe costed R1.8 million. The statues of the Long March to Freedom were funded with R28 million in 2013/2014, R15 million in 2015/2016, and R7 612 850, 00 was paid to the NHMC in 2018.

2. I will make a statement on the matter.



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