Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has renamed Eastern Boulevard in the city centre after Nelson Mandela ahead of the former President's 93rd birthday on Monday.
The event is one in a series of activities scheduled to honour Mandela in the city as the country and the world gears for Mandela Day celebrations next week.
The renaming and opening of the road ceremony, led by Mayor Patricia de Lille, was attended by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, Transport MEC Robin Carlisle and former mayors Frank van der Velde and Gordon Oliver, among others.
A handful of African National Congress supporters in colourful T-shirts were also part of the historic moment.
"This is a great day for the City of Cape Town, we take a step towards making our city even more inclusive... we make a firm commitment to honouring our history, a history that has allowed us to come together in our diversity and celebrate this moment together," said De Lille.
"There is a great truth that the spaces in which we live influence our perceptions, our very way of thinking. Our past, and the trauma and hope that are mingled in it, is [written] across our landscape.