Samora Machel Monument, Mbuzini

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The Samora Machel Monument in Mbuzini, near Komatipoort in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, marks the spot where the plane carrying the then-President of Mozambique crashed in 1986. It resulted in the deaths of President Machel and several Mozambican ministers. It was declared a National Heritage Site in 2006.
The monument was inaugurated by Joaquim Chissano and Nelson Mandela on 19 January 1999. It was constructed at a cost of $240,000 and incorporates some of the wreckage of the plane. Its central feature is 35 tubes of steel, symbolising the number of lives lost in the air crash, that create a wailing sound in the wind.
A planned R11.2 million upgrade was to add access roads, an amphitheater, a helipad and buildings.

In 2006 a nearby library with a collection of books in English and Portuguese was opened. A statue of Machel, donated by Norwegian anti-apartheid artists, was also erected at the site.
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  • The tour guide's professional but emotional relation of our common history . The unbreakable bond forged in struggle between Frelimo and ANC. Went in 2008 and 2019  more »
  • This was a touching experience to learn how the plane crashed and the circumstances surrounding the crash. But what was more exciting was the location of the monument, wherein you can see all three...  more »
  • It was very insightful, I learnt a lot about the history and the relation between the late former President Samora and the ANC and why his muesum is in South Africa. The museum is a beautiful place.
  • Good place to visit to know information about samora

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