The Indian government has offered to donate a statue of Mahtma Gandhi, and the City of Cape Town is encouraging locals to have their say.

Heerengracht Street near St Georges Mall could soon be the new home of a new statue to honour Indian activist Mahtma Gandhi, courtesy of the Indian government.

The statue has been recommended by the Indian government as a way to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi

“It will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi on 2 October 2019 and to celebrate the event, the Government of India has proposed that a life-size statue of Gandhi be placed in a prominent and appropriate location in Cape Town and unveiled on the day,” said Mayco Member for Community Services and Health, Zahid Badroodien.
It was suggested that the statue be placed in the busy and bustling city centre so that all can see it as they make their way through the city.
 
The public and other interested parties are being given the chance to submit comments or recommendations in accordance with section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, 32 of 2000. “We want to give all our residents an opportunity to give their input into the process and want to encourage active citizenry with the public participation process,” said Badroodien.
The official public participation process will begin this July 15 and ends on July 26, 2019.
Locals can submit their comments via email to [email protected] or via written submission to City of Cape Town, Arts and Culture Branch, First Floor, Good Hope Sub Council Building, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town

If you are unable to submit your written comments yourself the city is offering special assistance via the below contact details:

– For special assistance locals can contact Zandile Mahlasela at 021 400 5501 or [email protected]
– For further information locals can contact the Arts and Culture Branch 021 4174099 or [email protected]

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