“It is time for us to restore to nature that which we had taken from it”. Nelson Mandela.
This tree, a Celtis Afrcanus known colloquially as stinkwood, was planted in Thokoza Park by former President Nelson Rohihlahla ‘Madiba’ Mandela on 4 September 2008, to commemorate his 90th birthday and to mark Arbor day in Soweto. In April 2017, the Nelson Mandela Champion Tree was provisionally declared as a Provincial Heritage resource of the Gauteng Province.
Unveiled at Thokoza Park on 17 July 2017 By Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo and the Nelson Mandela Foundation
Erf 1682, Thokoza Park, cnr. Chris Hani and Ntuli Street, Moroka, Soweto