The Happy Challenge – Nelson Mandela Square, Gauteng

Situated in the heart of Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Square is surrounded by world-class hotels and restaurants. The popular Sandton City Shopping Centre is adjacent to Mandela Square. The Square made headlines when, commemorating South Africa’s first decade of democracy, a specially donated six metre bronze statue (which weighs over 2,5 tons!) of Nelson Mandela had been unveiled, and the square aptly renamed Nelson Mandela Square at Sandton City. The intention of this statue is not only to honour the former president’s vision of a free and just South Africa, but also to create a focal point where local and foreign tourists can reflect over the events that led to the creation of the Rainbow Nation…..


The location?

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How to get there?

Follow the M9 from the centre of Johannesburg in a northerly direction toward Sandton. The trip is approximately 18km / 30 minutes.

Things to do?

An already fashionable area with its sidewalk cafes, fine dining and some 93 exclusive shops, the square has become one of the most popular venues in South Africa. Its prime location in the heart of Sandton allows easy access to the financial district, the Sandton Convention Centre, superlative hotels and Sandton City’s 295 spectacular shops.

Best place for your photo?

Anywhere in front of the statue or on the square with Tata Mandela in the background. Just be sure to fight off all the other tourists wanting to take a photo at the same time!