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Mandela’s Statue To Be Erected In Cape Town

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It has been six days since former South African president Nelson Mandela was taken to a hospital for a recurrent lung condition, with government sources saying the elder statesman’s condition remained stable but critical.

Mandela may soon take a commanding position in Cape Town while still alive, as the city plans to erect a statue of him on the site where he made his first speech as a free man 23 years ago, an official said Thursday.

Madiba has several statues in his honour across the country, including an eight metre (27 foot) tall bronze figure in the central city of Bloemfontein.

The figure unveiled in December 2012 is said to be the tallest statue of the revered statesman who became the country’s first black president in 1994.

The latest statue would be built in the centre of the “Mother city,” on the Grand Parade square, where Mandela addressed thousands of supporters after his release from prison on February 11, 1990.

“We will be encouraging innovation, creativity and artist expression,” said Brett Herron, the chairman of the committee heading the project.

“The time line for the erection of the statue is not yet clear, we first need to work out the process to be followed,” said Herron.

Mandela's statue in Soweto

Mandela’s statue in Soweto


Nelson Mandela Statue in Victor Verster Prison

Nelson Mandela Statue in Victor Verster Prison


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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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President of Mali, N’Daw, coup leader, Goita

Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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