The Unknown Servant

Donkin Reserve is a heritage monument that is steeped in the colonial history of our Metro. As such the redevelopment of this public open space into one which celebrates the Father of the Nation and the freedom struggle is very symbolic of how we as a people and country have progressed since independence.

The monument is one of 67 works of art in honour of Nelson Mandela’s 67 years in public service. This monument is a dedication to all women who contributed to the building of the city. The monument was designed and cast by sculptor Anton Momberg. It represents: Providing and supporting She is selfless and available She is someone we can’t live without She supports the ladder of her children and husband It is she who offers anyone a seat She is kind and humble She is the backbone of the worker, the unknown servant, the civil servant of society She is round, warm and loved She is a memorial to the unknown and forgotten slave from the days of Sir Rufane Donkin

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