The North West Provincial Government says the erection of State President Jacob Zuma’s statue in Groot Marico is important for the area’s tourism.
North West government spokesperson, Brian Setswambung, confirmed that a tender bid has been advertised for building the six-metre tall figure in the Ngaka Modiri Molema Municipality.
Setswambung says it will serve as a great attraction to people visiting landmarks with historical value in the province.
“This is important for the Groot Marico area as a tourist destination. We must indicate that this is also going to create jobs in the area,” he says.
He says the R6 million project forms part of the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs’ key responsibilities in the preservation of South African heritage and history.
“It’s also important for our children to understand and know their struggle heroes as part of a collective memory of the people in our province and in our country,” he adds.
The North West Provincial Government condemned unwarranted attacks by the Democratic Alliance after the opposition party criticised the planned construction on Monday.
Moeketsi Mogotsi/Courant News