Four South African artists are potentially eligible to design the Mandela monument.

The winner will be selected by a jury by mid 2018.

  • Usha Seejarim (1974) has built up an impressive record of public art and is valued as an established artist. She designed the great slate figures representing articles from the South African Freedom Charter (Freedom Charter, Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, 2008). She designed the exterior facade of the South African Embassy (Chancery) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (artistic sun protection inspired by San cave painting, 2008). She also designed the official seeded portrait for the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela (2013). She is very experienced in using a wide variety of materials and collaborating with artists and communities.
  • Lawrence Lemaoana (1982) created, for the city of Johannesburg, a large bronze sculpture called "Democracy Dialogue" (2015). The artwork depicts a larger than life female protesting. This young black contemporary artist is a very suitable candidate, given that there are few like him in public art practice.
  • Hannelie Coetzee (1971) is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She uses natural materials, is interested in unusual partnerships and uses recycled industrial waste materials to create her works of art. Using photography and sculpting she wants to connect science and art to encourage involvement with nature.
  • André Prinsloo (°1956) is a South African artist specialising in sculpture. He has a career that spans over 35 years that encompasses foundry man, freelance sculptor, lecturer, entrepreneur. His more recent projects includes life-size figures of Struggle Heroes in bronze. These works form part of a bigger group of sculptures for the National Heritage Foundation, some in collaboration with sculptor Ruhan Janse van Vuuren. This collaboration led to the commissioned 9m tall bronze statue of former president Nelson Mandela in front of the Union Buildings, Pretoria (

USHA SEEJARIM -- Picture by Musa Nxumalo, Figures representing articles on the Freedom Charter, Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Commissioned by the JDA (Johannesburg Development Agency), Project Managed by Studio Mas Architects, Installed in November 2008