Samora Machel Monument
Samora Machel Plane Wreck.jpg
Remains of the plane wreck
25°54′58″S 31°57′19″E / 25.9161°S 31.9552°E / -25.9161; 31.9552
LocationMbuzini, South Africa
DesignerJosé Forjaz
Completion dateJanuary 1999
Dedicated toSamora Machel

The Samora Machel Monument in Mbuzini, near Komatipoort in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, marks the spot where the plane carrying the then-President of Mozambique crashed in 1986. It resulted in the deaths of President Machel and several Mozambican ministers. It was declared a National Heritage Site in 2006.[1]

Art installation at the Samora Machel Monument
Art installation at the Samora Machel Monument

The monument was inaugurated by Joaquim Chissano and Nelson Mandela on 19 January 1999. It was constructed at a cost of $240,000 and incorporates some of the wreckage of the plane. Its central feature is 35 tubes of steel, symbolising the number of lives lost in the air crash, that create a wailing sound in the wind.[2]

A planned R11.2 million upgrade was to add access roads, an amphitheater, a helipad and buildings.[3] In 2006 a nearby library with a collection of books in English and Portuguese was opened. A statue of Machel, donated by Norwegian anti-apartheid artists, was also erected at the site.[4]


  1. ^ "South Africans, Mozambicans urged to follow Machel's footsteps". BuaNews. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  2. ^ "Samora Machel monument inaugurated". SADC Today. Archived from the original on 22 February 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Moz monument to cost SA R11.2m". News24. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  4. ^ "Remembering Samora Machel". Retrieved 24 March 2009.