One year today (5th December 2014) Nelson Mandela Passed away and a nation mourned over a man that changed South Africa forever with his contributions to securing democracy for us all. He did not ever play small, but put the South African story out to the world to show people could change.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said in a statement that Mandela taught the world to never give up hope. “This is as valid in the context of his legacy today as it was in 1963, when he was sentenced to life imprisonment, and in 1994.” Mandela respected everyone, irrespective of class or ethnicity, Tutu said. “Our obligation to Madiba is to continue to build the society he envisaged, to follow his example.”A society founded on human rights, in which all can share in the rich bounty God bestowed on our country.”
To mark the anniversary of Madiba’s passing, one of South Africa’s songwriter Johnny Clegg teaches the 1987 struggle song “Asimbonaga” (which means – We have not seen him) for the future generation to keep Nelson Mandela’s dream for a thriving, united democratic South Africa alive and thriving with hope and success.
- Mandela words remain for all of us to make a difference:
1. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
2. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
3. Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.
4. Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.
5. Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished
6. A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
7. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.
8. A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.
9. I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.
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