Andries Botha (the artist commissioned by the City of Durban to construct and assemble the sculpture of three elephants at Warwick Junction) and eThekwini Municipality are pleased to announce that the pending High Court litigation pertaining to the sculpture has been settled out of court.
 
Through a process of earnest discussion and sincere engagement, Botha and the Municipality have agreed that Botha will complete his sculpture of a small herd of elephants at Warwick Junction. The parties have agreed that Botha will present a sculpture comprised of four elephants. The settlement reflects mutual acceptance of the artist’s legitimate interest in, and rights with respect to, the maintenance of respect for his chosen field of work; and the need to respect the role of democratically elected public representatives in public affairs.
 
Botha and the Municipality believe that the settlement represents a favourable outcome for all stakeholders: Botha will complete his work in a manner which is consistent with his original artistic vision and his stature as an internationally recognised sculptor; the Municipality will receive a work of artistic merit in a form that celebrates the majestic elephants that once roamed freely in this City; and the citizens of South Africa will be able to see, enjoy and be proud of a work of art with a distinctive African flavour in a public space.
 
Botha and the Municipality are pleased that they were able to reach consensus in this matter. It is encouraging when open and serious collaboration enables artists and local government to work together to create and maintain public art.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality’s Communications Unit. For more information contact Municipal Spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng on 031 311 4820 or 0827317456 or e-mail Thabo1.Mofokeng@durban.gov.za.