South African firm supports construction of Mandela Gateway

Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Communications Company, Motorola has donated one million rand (about 100,000 US dollars) for the construction of the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island, off South Africa's coastal city of Cape Town.
It said the money is part of the Company's ongoing investment and contribution to South Africa's economy, heritage and people.
"We are very honoured to have been afforded this opportunity to contribute to what is now a very important part of our country's legacy.
"Considering that over 250,000 tourists and locals visit Robben Island annually and because tourism remains one of the country's key industries, we feel confident that our contribution will boost the South African economy over the coming years," Roger Warner, a Motorola official said Monday.
Former South African President Mandela spent 27 years in jail, much of it at Robben Island, for opposing the discredited apartheid regime.
When he was elected President of democratic South Africa seven years ago, Mandela called for reconciliation between blacks and whites.
In Johannesburg, the municipality is erecting a Nelson Mandela Bridge, while there are suggestions that a massive monument similar to the Statue of Liberty in the US be erected of Mandela's image along South Africa's eastern Cape coastline.

04 november 2002 17:11:00

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