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Weighing in at more than 3.5 tons, the new statue of Nelson Rolihlala Mandela unveiled on Monday at the Union Buildings shows the father of the nation with his arms outstretched, as if embracing the nation. Find out the facts behind this remarkable feat of art and engineering.
South Africa's public holiday known as the Day of Reconciliation acknowledges the significance of 16 December to both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions. A day once steeped in blood, the public holiday now marks a time for reflection and recognition of the country's rich cultural history.
South African President Jacob Zuma says "phenomenal strides" have been made in the past 18 years in promoting national unity and reconciliation among South Africans.