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Statue of Fatima Meer to be erected in Durban

DURBAN – Plans are afoot to honour late anti-apartheid Struggle hero Fatima Meer with a bronze statue, to be erected in Durban. The KwaZulu-Natal government has invited artists to bid for the project and has set an April 11 deadline for submissions. The life-sized Meer bronze statue is destined for a granite-faced plinth near the Durban City Hall, according to KZN Office of the Premier officials who also briefed artists earlier this month. The winning sculptor must have at least 10 years’ experience and must “liaise with family members regularly as part of manufacture”, according to the tender notice. Meer’s daughter, Shamim Meer, said the family welcomed plans for a statue. “It’s an honour to have the province think of my mother,” she said from Johannesburg, “We have been consulted; it’s been good.” Shamim said they had been approached by …

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