THE first phase of the 10-year Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)public art legacy programme will start on Friday 30 October with the unveiling of the Madiba Shirt sculpture and the official opening of the Beyers Naudé Garden of Contemplation.
The launch of the public art programme coincides with a visit by former South African president Thabo Mbeki, who will give a keynote address on “conscious leadership” at the University’s South Campus Auditorium. His talk, to be followed by a panel discussion, marks the culmination of a three-year relationship between the Kagiso Trust and NMMU’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD).
Both the sculpture by NMMU’s art students and the Garden of Contemplation by its gardeners located at the heart of the University’s South Campus celebrate the concepts of multiple struggle leadership, struggle icons, and a shared value system between Naudé and Mandela. The values of both icons arelink to those of the university.
“Public art plays an important