President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a statue of Oliver Reginald Tambo today at OR Tambo international Airport as part of Tambo’s 103 birthday celebrations.
“We remember them, we want their stories known, and we want their lives to inspire and encourage us as we strive together for a better world,” said Ramaphosa.
The President said in erecting this statue they affirm the importance of preserving the heritage for the benefit of future generations. But they are also telling the world they have not forgotten the heroes.
“I also want to thank the Tambo family for their cooperation and assistance with this project to honour their father, he said.
Ramaphosa said he’s thanking all who have made this day possible – the architects and the designers, ACSA, the national and provincial Departments of Transport, the Gauteng provincial government and, above all, the City of Ekurhuleni.
Like the statue of President Mandela at the Union Buildings in Tshwane, he has no doubt that this one too will become a tourist attraction.
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“Mayor Masina, this statue forms part of your bold vision to see our country’s liberation history prominently displayed in the province’s tourism hubs,” he said.