Cape Town's Fan Walk renamed Walk of Remembrance

Path renamed in memory of those who fought for freedom and justice

Cape Town’s Fan Walk, which was built ahead of the city's Soccer World Cup in 2010, was renamed the Walk of Remembrance on 16 December.

The city’s mayor Patricia de Lille said that the path's new name was in honour of all those who died for the cause of freedom and those who struggled for justice.

In particular she said the newly-rechristened pedestrian route would keep alive the spirit of former South African president Nelson Mandela, whose state funeral took place the previous day at his childhood home of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape.

Mandela's funeral was attended by political and religious leaders from around the world, and concluded the ten days of mourning in South Africa since the anti-apartheid hero's death on 5 December.

De Lille said that the new name would remind the people of Cape Town of the long and difficult journey towards reconciliation and the creation of an inclusive city.

The 2.6 km pedestrian link follows Darling, Strand, Adderley, Riebeek and Waterkant streets, through to Somerset Road and Western Boulevard, and ends at Cape Town Stadium in the Green Point Urban Park.

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