We celebrate the greatest man alive

Today is Tata Madiba’s birthday, and the world is getting together to celebrate by spending 67 minutes of their time doing something for the vulnerable members of society.

Has anyone in the last century inspired so many people to love? Every Mandela Day, my hope is that the spirit of kindness, generosity and consideration for our fellow human beings will spread to become a basic element of our daily existence.

The words of this song written by Johnny Clegg mean “We have not seen him, we have not seen Mandela, in the place where he is, in the place where he is kept.”

Happy Mandela Day, and remember that caring for others is a lifestyle, not an event of 67 minutes.

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South Africa isn’t ready to say goodbye

 

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This cartoon by illustrator extraordinaire, Zapiro

Last week Madiba, Nelson Mandela, my country’s father, and one of the few untainted heros we look to for moral direction, went into hospital again. He has since been discharged and returned home, but as usual, his going to hospital caused an international media frenzy.

He is an old man, but our country is not in a good way, and letting him go in peace will be one of the hardest things we collectively have to do. This article by Marelise van der Merwe (http://bit.ly/Z5cnLe), and the cartoon by Zapiro  really sum-up the emotions around his slow passing

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