The Nelson Mandela Square is the largest open public space in South Africa and is part of the Sandton City shopping complex in the north of Johannesburg. It was known as Sandton Square but renamed on 31 March 2004 when the 6 metre statue of Nelson Mandela was positioned in honour of the former South African President.
The 1 000m2 Square is reminiscent of a Mediterranean style piazza and has numerous pavement cafes and many restaurants and coffee shops including African cuisine to delight the international tourist. Many events take place in this space so the visitor will never be disappointed no matter what time of year he visits the Square.
The shopping area's 88 exclusive shops including African art and handicraft receive over a million visitors a month.
The larger than life bronze statue of a happy dancing Nelson Mandela that inspired the MC at the unveiling, Batsesana Kumalo, to call it the Madiba Jive is:
Mandela Square Restaurants and Theatre stay open till late. For more details consult the website for the store listings directory.
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