It will be established in Rosebank in honour of former president Nelson Mandela.
The walk has been approved by the Lower Rosebank Management District and is set to become a permanent iconic honour dedicated to the legacy and living memory of former president Nelson Mandela, distinguished South Africans and fellow Africans identified as people of prominence.
The Walk of Stars will be home to a number of five-pointed stars laid into the sidewalk inscribed with the names of famous personalities who have greatly distinguished themselves and achieved national and international recognition and have contributed to the worldwide prominence of South Africa.
According to Walk of Stars executive producer, Phineas Tichana, “The Walk is set to be a huge resource for Rosebank, and a mega marketing tool for Johannesburg to promote tangible heritage as an open air museum, and enhance the business, cultural, and civic well-being of South African and African achievement.”
To create excitement, a mock unveiling will be held in July to coincide with Mandela Day. A formal inaugural induction will then be held in September to induct the first South African and African stars.
The stars will be in green coral terrazzo and brass. The walk is similar to the world-acclaimed one in California.
Categories are for those who have excelled in radio, music, sport, film, television, performing arts, as well as the meritorious star which will be awarded to persons who have rendered unparalleled service to their fellow citizens.
There will be a special category of stars to recognise various contributions by corporate entities, humanitarian organisations and special honourees, and will display emblems unique to the selfless sons and daughters of the soil.
The class of 2016 will be appointed through a nomination process by the general public and carried out each year by a selections committee.
South African Class of Inaugural Inductees:
Recording: Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Theatre/Live: Performance Joe Mafela
Sport: Lucas Radebe
Recording: Hugh Masekela
Meritorious: Imtiaz Sooliman
Television: Rolene Strauss
Sport: Francois Pienaar
Recording: Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido
Sport: AB De Villiers
Television: Connie Ferguson
Meritorious: Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, and George Bizos
Theatre/Live: Performance Sello Maake KaNcube
Recording: Jonathan Butler
Sport: Gary Player
Recording: Chicco Twala
Film: Leon Schuster
Sport: Dr Ali Bacher
Meritorious: Patrice Motsepe
Recording: Lerato Molapo aka Lira
Film: Terry Pheto
Television: Siyabonga Twala
Sport: Caster Semenya
Television: Bonang Matheba
Recording: Johnny Clegg
Meritorious: Desmond Tutu
African Class of Inaugural Inductees
Recording: Oliver Mtukudzi
Film: Lupita Nyong’o
Recording: Sade Aku
Television: Alek Wek
Film: Genevieve Nnaji
Recording: Salief Keita
Sport: Drogba Didier
Frontline Member-states Champions: Kenneth Kaunda, Robert Mugabe, Joachim Chissano, Quett Masire, San Nujoma, Samora Machel, Julius Nyerere and Kamuzu Banda.
Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazette