Tshwane’s iconic Paul Kruger statue at Church Square has been adorned in green and gold attire ahead of the Rugby World Cup final in a remarkable show of support for Siya Kolisi’s Springbok side.
A group of Bok-supporting individuals associated with the Church Square Revival Project joined forces to dress the statue as the ultimate Springboks enthusiast.
Jeffrey Wapnick, the managing director of City Property, which owns various buildings around the square, took the lead in the project. He emphasised their deep pride and enthusiasm for the Boks, expressing hope for the team’s victory in their quest to secure the Webb Ellis Cup for a record-breaking fourth time.
The Capital Collective, a city development non-profit organisation (NPO), initiated the idea to transform the iconic statue into a Springboks supporter, highlighting its significance in creating camaraderie and raising awareness for Church Square in Tshwane as a tourist destination.
The project was a collaborative effort involving local artists, suppliers, technical specialists, construction companies, staff, and numerous businesses, all coming together to make this creative transformation possible.
Wapnick highlighted the symbolic importance of six on the statue’s back, inspired by former President Nelson Mandela, who wore the No. 6 Springbok jersey in 1995 when South Africa won its first Rugby World Cup. This jersey number also resonates with the current Springbok captain, Siya Kolisi, who leads with humility and inclusivity, inspiring the nation.
The revitalised Church Square is now a beacon of hope and unity, ready to welcome the Springboks back with the World Cup trophy for a celebratory parade. The message is clear: The Capital City is wholeheartedly behind the team, and they are #StrongerTogether. Go Bokke!
Picture: Facebook / Friends of Tshwane Heritage Research Centre
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