The Edwardian building, situated on Cape Town’s Grand Parade, was built in 1905. It is host to many important local and international events, including a seminal moment in democratic South Africa’s history: it was from the balcony of the City Hall on February 11 1990 that Nelson Mandela made his first public speech, just hours after being released from prison. It was one of the most important moments in South African history.
An extensive restoration and refurbishment project was undertaken by the City of Cape Town to restore and upgrade much of the building, and it was re-opened to the public in September 2018.
The Zamani Project spatially documented this historical building in the centre of Cape Town between 2017-2018. The Nelson Mandela statue was also documented in detail.
A life-size statue of Nelson Mandela, created by Xhanti Mpakama and Barry Jackson, was unveiled on 24 July 2018, a hundred years after Mandela’s birth. The statue overlooks the Grand Parade from the balcony of the City Hall. It commemorates Nelson Mandela’s first speech after his release from prison on 11 February 1990, and stands in the place from where Mandela presented his speech. The statue was a joint initiative of the City of Cape Town and the Government of the Western Cape.
Full dome panoramas capture a full 360-degree view from a single position. Individual full dome panoramas can be merged into a panorama tour, which allows a user to freely move from one panorama position to another.