With the sad news of the passing of Madiba, I recall the day I met this truly great man in 2009 - and how infectiously humorous and affirming he was and how he spoke fondly about Zimbabwe. And how he said it was time for the young to lead
- Siphosami Malunga | OSISA Executive Director
Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy is the basis upon which belief in humanity is restored. In a world dripping with words, actions and deeds of nullification of the spirit of humanity, service and leadership, Mandela restores our convictions and purpose to believe that in the fullness of time, all things are renewed. In his life, we celebrate the unquenchable appetite for freedom and justice; in his death we are reminded of the supreme gift God gave to peoples of the world; and in his legacy we see the supreme clarity of his mind, fixity of purpose and relentless commitment to freedom for all.
Importantly though, his death is an invitation to the present generation to carry the baton of people centred service, leadership, devotion and loyalty, care and compassion. Zororai murugare Baba Madiba!
- Deprose Muchena | OSISA Deputy Director
The Graça Machel Trust and its staff extend their deepest sympathies to the family, to the country, and to the continent of Africa. We know that our partners in each of the countries where we work are grieving with us, even as we celebrate a truly remarkable life. We know too that the women and children of Africa, those for whom Madiba's legacy shines brightest, will be inspired to do more, to reach higher and to live in service of his exemplary vision and values.
We thank the public for their concern and their good wishes.
- Graca Machel Trust
There is great honor in departing this earth leaving it a better place. RIP Madiba. But how I wish that Mandela had tackled the greatest scourge in South Africa - poverty and inequality - he left a huge task to those who cannot be trusted
- Glen Mpani | OSISA Democracy and Governance Programme Manager
IPACC salutes our father, our hero, one of Africa's greatest sons. Mandela was a giant and at the same time such a humble man. His royal clan were directly descended from San lineages, a heritage he never ignored.
One of his first acts as the President of a free and democratic South Africa was to start the process of reconciliation and redress, to include the land rights of indigenous peoples. Hamba kahle Tata Madiba: Father of Africa
- Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee (IPACC)
For NOT fighting fire with fire. Hatred could be justified holding on to the dooming effects of black and white ego;
Hatred could be justified in poverty stricken locales like Soweto;
But to the glorious loving figure, calling to hope and reason, he is no angel but Mandela...
He says: rights are a universal, dignity due to all, he calls us out of hatred to human splendor;
Peace his voice calls and peace the heavens iterate, peace our better sense now begins to echo
- Bukeka Mkhosi, OSISA Communications
I wanted to say sorry about the lost of Nelson Mandela, and to say your nation should be very proud for giving a birth of such hero!
- Milen Velkov | GMS.NET developer
A life well lived, a life worth celebrating. Siyabonga Tata Mandela, in us you will forever live.
The whole world has lost a hero, may your soul rest in peace
- Delie Mtsweni- Khumalo | Senior Accountant
The life and character of Madiba challenges us to be better and to do better. His life was like a mirror which we can hold up against our own lives and question whether our strength and character can withstand such brutality and still come out refined like gold that passes through fire. Rest in peace Mandela, a champion of freedom like no other.
- Thoko Chilenga | SEDF Assistant
It is truly right to give thanks, truly just to give glory, to the Father most holy, the one God living and true; existing before all ages and abiding for all eternity, dwelling in unapproachable light; yet who alone are good, the source of life, have made all that is, have made Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela.
We give you praise, Father most holy, for you are great and you have fashioned all your works in wisdom and in love. You formed man in your image and entrusted the whole world to his care.
You formed Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela in your image and entrusted South Africa and the whole to his care. We truly are grateful for this son of the soil, for what he stood for: true justice, peace and reconciliation. We shall remember him for his generosity of heart and his human spirit. May he rejoice eternally with you as he peacefully lie in the bosom of Abraham.
- Lionel Percy Masigo | OSISA Executive Assistant
"Our single most important challenge is therefore to help establish a social order in which the freedom of the individual will truly mean the freedom of the individual. We must construct that people-centred society of freedom in such a manner that it guarantees the political liberties and the human rights of all our citizens."
Nelson Mandela, speech at the opening of the South African parliament, Cape Town 25 May 1994.
- Noziphiwo Jizana | OSISA Accountant
Rest in peace Tata. The world was a better place with you in it and your physical presence will be missed. However, your spirit will continue to inspire generations to come.
Your humility, values, integrity, and character is what inspires me to work for justice, human rights and development of this continent. May your star continue to shine and light up the darkest of places.
Tata Madiba, an Icon of wisdom in humanity and a humble selfless leader of man. Hamba Kahle Madiba, till we meet again.
- Nic Christoforou
What story will I tell my grandchildren about Mandela? I will say I lived in his time, that he was an icon, an exceptional man who sought for justice and equality for all. I will tell of a man who fought not only for his country South Africa but for world justice, a man whose influence transcended the borders of South Africa, a man whose life will impact generations beyond my grandchildren.
I will tell of a man who believed in education (a subject that I passionately hold dear) as a tool for liberation and equality. I will tell of how I used his words of wisdom and his several quotes on the subject to inspire others to believing in the transforming power of education. My favourite one of them all being “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I will have many stories to tell but most of I will say he was an exceptional and selfless man whose impact on this world is indelible
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