Tuesday/ Nelson Mandela Square

Since it’s my last night in Johannesburg we went to Nelson Mandela Square, a shopping mall in Sandton.  Formerly known as Sandton Square, it was renamed on 31 March 2004 after a 6m (18ft) statue of Nelson Mandela was installed on the Square to honor the famous South African statesman.

I love the Boabab Christmas tree.   Get this : the Boabab tree lives for thousands of years and inspired many African legends.  The tree is not indestructable, though, and not resistant to long periods of drought.   When it dies it collapses into a fibrous mass until a high wind blows away the remains of a tree that may have been a landmark for centuries.




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