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South Africa: Brenda Fassie Statue To Return To Newtown


The statue of Brenda Fassie is set to return to Newtown after being removed for repairs.

The removal of the statue caused a stir, with the public as residents were not informed of the removal.

In a statement, the city of Johannesburg confirmed the statue’s return.

“The much-loved Brenda Fassie statue will be returning to the Newtown Cultural Precinct, to occupy a place of honour at the public plaza outside the Market Theatre. Previously located outside Newtown’s Bassline (currently Music Factory), the statue was removed for repairs on 11 June 2019, following concerns about its safe-keeping.”

The statue was created in 2006 as part of the Sunday Times Heritage Project to mark the 100th year anniversary of the newspaper.

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In the statement, the city said, that they are exploring options of where the statue would be placed.

“The consultative process produced an overwhelming response was that the sculpture should remain in Newtown. When exploring options in Newtown, the most supported location proposed was outside The Market Theatre. We as the City support this solution as it reflects the desires of our residents and other important stakeholders. MaBrrr will always have a place in our hearts, and a home in our City.”

The city of Joburg has not confirmed when the statue will be back.

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