- Religious leaders in Pretoria have erected an 18m tall cross which can be seen for miles around the city as a beacon of hope and love
- The cross which will be lit up at night will greet motorists arriving on the N1 from Centurion
- The City of Tshwane council gave its support for the cross and said Pretoria would be known as a city of hope, love and unity
Religious and political leaders in Pretoria have erected what they say will become a beacon of love, unity and hope for its citizens. On Friday an 18-meter tall cross was raised on a hillside near the N1 freeway.
The cross which will be lit up at night can be seen for miles around and will greet people coming into the city from Centurion.
The cross was erected by a group of volunteers on Afrimat property and sits proudly near the Bothalaan off-ramp from the freeway.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the City of Tshwane council gave its support for the project and said it would help Pretoria to become known as a city of hope, love and unity.
Councillor Gert Visser officially represented Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga at the official unveiling ceremony which was held on Friday.
Maroelamedia.co.za reported that the ceremony was led by the former Springbok rugby player Warren Brosnihan. He said the goal of the cross was to deliver hope to residents of the city who had lost faith in humanity.
He said the cross was a powerful symbol to remind people that hope burns eternal.
Brosnihan said he hoped the cross would lift the spirits of people who returned from work in a dark and depressed mood and would spark the flames of hope in those people.
The cross also aims to foster a culture of support and empathy among its residents which the council hopes will help to uplift all those who live in the city.
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