Sandton Square in Johannesburg renamed Nelson Mandela Square

Nelson Mandela Square is a shopping centre in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Formerly known as Sandton Square, it was renamed Nelson Mandela Square on 31 March 2004 after a 6-metre statue of Nelson Mandela was installed on the square to honour the famous South African statesman. It is attached to the large Sandton City shopping centre.
The statue which was sculpted by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane weighs 2.5 tons and measures 2.3 metres from elbow to elbow.The shoulders of the statue are 1.7 metres in width and the shoes are 1 metre in length. It was the brainchild of the sculptor's son, Hendrie Hattingh, and originally promoted by Sylvan Golden, the Chief Executive of the Gauteng Tourism Authority for a prominent position at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to mark the spot where Nelson Mandela gave his first inauguration speech as the first black, democratically elected president of South Africa.
The renaming celebration and the unveiling of the statue was to mark the 10th anniversary of the complex, and also commemorates the first decade of democracy in South Africa.
Perhaps ironically, Liliesleaf Farm, where Mandela and other political activists were arrested in the 1960s and tried as part of the now infamous Rivonia Trial, is north of Nelson Mandela Square, close to the N1 freeway, off Rivonia Road.

Nelson Mandela Square, formerly known as Sandton Square, was renamed to Nelson Mandela Square on March 31, 2004 after the unveiling of a tall 6 meter statue of Nelson Mandela. It was renamed to honor, and pay tribute to arguably, the greatest, South African Statesman, and Freedom Fighter, Nelson Mandela.

The celebration of the renaming of the Square, and the unveiling of the statue of Nelson Mandela comes 10 years after the Square first opened, and commemorates a decade of democracy in South Africa.

Perhaps ironically, Liliesleaf Farm, where Mandela and other political activists were arrested in the 1960s and tried as part of the now infamous Rivonia Trial, is north of Nelson Mandela Square, close to the N1 freeway, off Rivonia Road. The area is now home to massive office parks and other developments, and little remains of the farm.