Samora Machel Monument
Remains of the plane wreck
|Location||Mbuzini, South Africa|
|Completion date||January 1999|
|Dedicated to||Samora Machel|
The Samora Machel Monument in Mbuzini, near Komatipoort in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, marks the spot where the plane carrying the then-President of Mozambique crashed in 1986. It resulted in the deaths of President Machel and several Mozambican ministers. It was declared a National Heritage Site in 2006.
The monument was inaugurated by Joaquim Chissano and Nelson Mandela on 19 January 1999. It was constructed at a cost of $240,000 and incorporates some of the wreckage of the plane. Its central feature is 35 tubes of steel that create a wailing sound in the wind.
A planned R11.2 million upgrade was to add access roads, an amphitheater, a helipad and buildings. In 2006 a nearby library with a collection of books in English and Portuguese was opened. A statue of Machel, donated by Norwegian anti-apartheid artists, was also erected at the site.
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