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Samora Machel Memorial
Mbuzini district, Mpumalanga

José Alberto Basto Pereira FORJAZ: Architect



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25°54'57.26" S 31°57'18.57" E

A memorial at the Mbuzini crash site on the border between Mozambique and South Africa was inaugurated on January 19, 1999 by South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel, and by President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique. The monument comprises 35 steel tubes, creating an Aeolian (wind) organ, symbolising the number of lives lost in the air crash. At least eight non-Mozambican nationals were killed there, including the four Soviet crew members, Machel's two Cuban doctors and the Zambian and Zairean ambassadors to Mozambique.

Provincial Heritage Site;18295;26/09/1997


Writings about this entry

Phaidon. 2004. Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture, The. London: Phaidon. pg 635