About 5 miles outside of Howick is the memorial to Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa. On August 5 1962, just outside Howick, in a small two land road in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province, armed police arrested Nelson Mandela. The former president had been on the run from the South African apartheid government for 17 months and his capture marked the beginning of his 27-year imprisonment and what he called “the long walk to freedom.”
A few years ago this spot was marked by a simple bricked zone with a plaque and a metal structure, but in 2012, on the 50th anniversary of this historic event, an impressive steel sculpture and visitor center were erected The centerpiece of the site is a 50 steel column steel structure. As you walk down the walkway to the sculpture the steel poles appear to be randomly suspended, but on approaching the sculpture, the poles merge and form an image of Mandela’s head/face. The pathway to the sculpture includes metal plaques summarizing important moments in the leader's life. At the top of the pathway there is a small museum with photos depicting Mandel's life journey. this small center is soon top be replaced with a modern and much larger center. Also next to the entrance are a few gift shoes. The entrance fee is voluntary/donation. Parking is plentiful but the site can be busy during weekends. The surrounding grounds are lovely. The original nondescript memorial across the street is not maintained and not worth crossing the street to visit.
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