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En route from Windhoek to Bangkok we had to transit at the Oliver Tambo International Airport. I am impressed with various design aspects of the new Central Terminal Building. This shot shows a section of the ceiling. According to the architects’ brief it is intended to allude to aerodynamic symbolism.

In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Airport Company, South Africa, upgraded and enlarged the Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. The development included expansion of the international terminal, with a new international pier, which houses the new Airbus A380 and an increased capacity. The new Central Terminal Building, designed by Osmond Lange Architects and Planners (cost: 2 billion South African Rand) has boosted capacity at the landside of the terminal in 3 levels, also allowing direct access from international and domestic terminals. Additional luggage carousels have been added to accommodate the Airbus A380.

http://issuu.com/designinformation/docs/or-tambo/8?mode=a_p

In October 2006 the country’s flagship airport was renamed as a tribute to one of the new South Africa’s most important founding fathers.
Oliver Reginald Tambo, fondly known as O.R. by his peers, is renowned in South Africa and abroad for his significant contribution to the liberation of South Africa. He was president of the African National Congress (ANC) for 30 years and spent much of this time in exile, mobilising international support for the ANC and opposition to the apartheid movement.
Tambo has been described as the glue that held the anti-apartheid movement together during its toughest struggles. He was a relentless lobbyist for South Africa’s freedom. His efforts helped create awareness of the plight of black South Africans, which eventually led to widespread international embargoes.
On 24 April 1993, Oliver Tambo died from a stroke, having fought for the freedom of his people for the best part of his life.

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