The world was saddened to hear today that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, or Madiba as he had come to be known around the world, had passed on.
The world and mostly South Africa has lost not only an icon and a great leader, but a father to a nation that was lost for a very long time. Nothing can explain the loss to the world in this man’s passing but as long as we keep the ideas and ideals by which he lived his life, close to our hearts, we can but make this world a much better place for our children and grandchildren.
What better ideal could one hope to live for than this?
No one person has made a bigger contribution to our great nation than he, so all I will say is
Rest in peace
Ikhutse ka khotso
Lala ngoxolo Madiba, Dlomo, Ngqolomsila, Yem-Yem, uya ekuphumuleni.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn
“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison.”to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s
“There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in front.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“We have laid the foundation for a better life. Things that were unimaginable a few years ago have become everyday reality. I belong to the generation of leaders for whom the achievement of democracy was the defining challenge.”
“As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself… Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, and humility.”
“We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people, for
national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shal
l it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the
skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.
“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domina
“As the years progress one increasingly realises the importance of friendship and human solidarity. And if a 90-year-old may offer some unsolicited advice on this occasion, it would be that you, irrespective of your age, should place human solidarity, the concern for the other, at the centre of the values by which you live.”tion. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
“Today we are a nation at peace with itself, united in our diversity, not only proclaiming but living out the contention that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. We take our place amongst the nations of the world, confident and proud in being an African country.”