Nelson Mandela our Father (1918 – 2013)

A man I feel indebted to and will love and honour for as long as I live has passed away.

Nelson Mandela died just before 9pm last night in his houghton home (5 December 2013).

I dont really know what to say other than I feel a sense of loss as if one of my own beloved family had passed. I will mourn as our country will mourn and I will honour as the world will honour the greatest man of our time.

THANK YOU MADIBA, YOU WERE A FATHER TO US ALL.

In Nelson Mandela’s own words:

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

“There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

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  1. True that he was a hero,stalwart,a tru reflection of the super natural being. Every time he spoke he could shake the ground and move the crowds…his passing shall forever hurt all of us..rest in peace #nelsonMandela

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  2. Release the old man, he has run his race, he fought a winning battle, he may be gone but his spirit lives on…. Allow him to rest amongst other angels, he deserves the peace… Gone but not forgotton…hamba kahle mkhonto wesizwe

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  3. This is the great man the ever lived in our lifetime, today I am proud to say his leadership shaped a lot of us, we need to honour him and more than ever continue to fight towards economic freedom . A true soldier indeed . RIP Madiba

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  4. No doubt he has passed on but his legacy will stay on – enough he has done for us all. Nothing more can we expect from him.REST IN PEACE TATA !!!

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  5. Very sad indeed. The world has lost a great soul that can never be replaced. What the nation needs todo is to try by all means to carry forth his legacy of forgiveness, compassion, greatness and courage.

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  6. I was only 4 years old when Madiba became president, but the emotion and the grief I feel for his death, feels as if I experienced and understood everything that took place at the time before :’-(, R.I.P Madiba.
    It would have been an honour to meet him.

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  7. Thank you for this tribute Brian.

    Today we awake to a new day…a sad day…a day without the inspirational leader of our nation: Nkosi Dalibhunga Rolihlahla Mandela. I’m truly thankful to have lived in this time. For it is in this time that I witnessed true leadership that was based upon the values of love, respect, compassion, humility & selflessness.

    Today I commit to be a force for good in this country & the world!! Tata has taught us to “never discount the difference that one person can make” when we “make decisions guided not by hate but love.”

    Let us all be all that we can be, not because we’re in competition with anyone but because “we can render to God & humanity no greater service than to make the most of ourselves” for we “were all born to achieve, to release our inner power, to fulfill our uniqueness.”

    “There is no passion to be found playing small — in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

    Lala ngoxolo, Tata…

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  8. My deepest condolences to the Mandela family and South Africa as a whole, i wish i had met him so that i would have stolen his humility and wisdom, he will forever be in our hearts, we will always love and miss him, Rest in peace Madiba omhle.

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  9. I was one of the luckiest few to see TATA MANDELA WHILE WORKING AT HIS ORGANISATION READING BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AT HIS NELSON MANDELA CHILDREN’S FUNDS ONCE IN SAXONWORLD I REALLY FEEL A DEEP PERSONAL LOSS MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE

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  10. We all owe it to Madiba – To rebuild the world class brand of South africa: Integrity, Truth, Honesty, Trustworthy, Good Moral Character, Compassion, Unifying REAL Leadership that builds a nation.

    And to terminate the GREEDERSHIP that is so pervasive throughout our present country’s leadership and public service. Presently it’s an absolute insult to Madiba’s life-long sacrifice and legacy.

    I’m sure he did not envison the depth and breadth of greedership and division we are seeing today in South Africa, when he gave the majority of his life to the ANC struggle.

    I see many ANC high level people saying, just ignore the bad and compliment us on the good. That’s like saying… “please nibble my ear, as I like a bit of affection whilst I get raped!”

    Lets choose REAL leaders, who will unite, inspire, and enable South Africa to become a truly World-Class and proud nation.

    We have the resources to become the shining light once again, just not the political leadership and willpower.

    PLEASE protect Madiba’s life-long sacrifice and legacy.

    Namaste’

    Tony Dovale
    The ReTHiNK Leadership Guy.

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  11. Madiba, you left us a legacy of forgiveness, reconciliation, humility and peace. We will remember you with love. May we walk in your footsteps as a united nation.

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  12. I feel very much blessed as i`m one of those who met and touched him when he officially opened our school( Itumeleng Madiba Primary) in Soshanguve.May his soul rest in peace,lala ngo xolo Tata

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  13. As long as eyes can see and ears can hear, Madiba will live on with us all. We will never forget what he achieved for this wonderful country of ours. May we all continue to try and live together according to his standards. RIP TATA

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  14. One person can help change the destiny of a nation. He was the one. His hero’s were all the people helping to change the lives of others. If only more people would truly follow his legacy. RIP Madiba.

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  15. A guiding light to this nation has gone out after so many bright years, yet that light lives on in the millions of lives he touched which is the true measure of his incredible influence. We may miss the Man but not his momentous effect on us all. Live on in us always. God Bless.

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  16. Mandela was a man of vision, passion, compassion and forgiving… if we can take just a pin prick of his heart into our daily lives, we too can change the world around us.

    His life has impacted every generation represented today!

    RIP Madiba

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  17. RIP Madiba. Thank you for all that you did. You won the hearts of us all with your humility and self sacrifice in the face of extreme adversity. You were an example of actions that most people only talk about and you stayed true to your beliefs of fairness and justice for all, irrespective of race or culture. You were one of the few truly democratic people in the World and that is why everyone admired, respected and loved you. We will hope and believe that your legacy will remain as the moral compass of our nation.

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  18. I consider him to be the world’s God Father of peace and forgiveness, he has shown the world the significance of forgiveness and the meaning of the gospel of peace among humans despite our differences of the past. I call upon the whole world to join hands in paying tribute to this great man. RIP Tata Madiba RIP.

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  19. When I read this poen, I visualise you reciting ot to our precious nation:

    “Our Greatest Fear”

    Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate,
    but that we are powerful beyond measure.

    It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us.
    We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
    gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous?

    Actually, who are you not to be?
    You are a child of God.

    Your playing small does not serve the world.
    There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
    so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

    We were born to make manifest the glory of God within us.
    It is not just in some; it is in everyone.

    And, as we let our own light shine, we consciously give
    other people permission to do the same.
    As we are liberated from our fear,
    our presence automatically liberates others.
    Author: Marianne Williamson

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  20. 5th December will forever remain a day of mixed feelings. I am awarded a Masters Degree in the afternoon and while celebrating at nit the news just shattered everything. Tate Madiba rest in enternal peace

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  21. Thank you Mr Nelson Mandela, it has been an honour that you have paved the way for us as your children but especially for the future of the generations to come in this nation of South Africa.

    May we as the young and old generation of this country and make positive changes and differences in each other’s lives to continue to make Madiba’s legacy live on forever…

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  22. Thank you Mr Nelson Mandela, it has been an honour that you have paved the way for us as your children but especially for the future of the generations to come in this nation of South Africa.

    May we as the young and old generation of this country and make positive changes and differences in each other’s lives to continue to make Madiba’s legacy live on forever.

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  23. We are of the generation that lived in his time and experienced his greatness first hand…. you have lived. You are the difference.
    Rest in Peace.

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  24. Brian I was thinking of you this morning when I woke up and heard the news.

    What a sad day for us all. It’s a sad day but a truly great one in honour of Madiba’s memory.

    We are are celebrating his life and what he did for South Africa, our people, the peaceful transition to democracy and the amazing gift of forgiveness he showed his oppressors.

    thank you Brian for this opportunity to pay tribute.

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  25. To be or not to be….his paved the way for us all for a great future and better South Africa. Now it’s in our hands whether to be a successful Nation/Rainbow Nation or Not to use the Freedom we have been given.

    Long Live Future of South Africa Long Live.

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  26. To be or Not to Be….

    It is in our hands to make use of the freedom given to us to prosper and have a better tomorrow and Rainbow Nation.

    We owe it to him to continue the struggle of fighting for the future of South Africa and Africa at large.

    Long Live South African Youth Long Live.

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  27. FATHER OF ALL NATIONS.A HERO TO THE LOST COUNTRY AND BECAUSE OF THE WISDOM GOD GAVE HIM WE ARE ALL HERE RUNNING FREELY AND HAVING THE FREEDOM OF OUR LIVES BECAUSE OF HIM..THE LORD HAVE SAVED US THROUGH HIM AND HE SPOKE THROUGH HIM.HE IS A LEGEND AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED BECAUSE OF HIM.TO ALL HIS FAMILY WIPE ALL YOUR TEARS AND START SMILLING BECAUSE THIS MAN WAS BRAVE AND WISE,THIS PROVES TO US THAT WE HAD AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE A LEGEND.TO NELSON MANDELA OUR GREAT FATHER WE LOVE YOU AND ALWAYS WILL.I KNOW WHERE EVER YOU ARE YOUR LOOKING DOWN ON US WITH A BIG SMILE SAYING THAT WOW MY WILL IS DONE AND I CAN REST NOW.WE THANK YOU AND LOVE TATA MAY YOU SOUL REST IN PEACE WITH NO WORRIES.YOUR WILL IS DONE HERE ON EARTH AS ITS DONE IN HEAVEN.WE LOVE YOU,REST IN PEACE.

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  28. Wow, who would have thought that one man could inspire and change the lives of not only our beloved South Africa but around the world. I Salute You Madiba. You followed your dream and made it real, no matter what obstacles you faced and made a better world for us all. May we all learn from this. RIP.

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  29. We salute you TATA MADIBA. The dream you had,
    for us all, has become a reality, you have died
    and i hope the nations will remember what you
    stood for and remember we are the rainbow nation
    to the world, we have to take good care of the little
    one’s because they will definitely be that bright stars
    of tomorrow’s people.May your legacy live on,and may GOD’s hand be over your family in this time of
    bereavement. TATA MADIBA we will allways love you, and remember you…RIP. HAMBA KAHLE

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  30. It’s beautiful to see the young generation growing up not seeing the colour of our skins, only the beauty of friendship, Would this have ever been possible without your courage, bravery and persistence Madiba? From the mouths of babes….. “Mr Mandela will be fine, my granddad will look after him in heaven!” Rest in Peace, its been a long hard struggle.

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  31. We are blessed to have you in our country,You tought us that forgiveness is next to success,we will always remember you for what you have done for the world.We love TATA.
    I now know what humanity is.

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  32. Nelson Mandela was well branded,I feel blessed to be alive and witness this,He acknowledge his mistakes,he learned the lesson,he took leadership,he believed in democracy,he fought for economic inclusion,Honor him by healing the society.Do so in the best way possible.He stood for entrepreneurs.

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  33. R.I.P Dr Nelson Mandela & Jacob “Baby” Jake Matlala. We love you and your memories will stay with us as long we live. Your contributions to our lives means a lot to us.
    “After a lifetime of love and joy, and music to fill our ears, God leaves these precious memories to help us through our tears”

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  34. Your passing was imminent, expected but inconsolable when it dawned upon us.

    I’m happy that your crossing comes away from the election season where you or your name would be used as an bait thus playing on our grieve.

    I’m happy that during the elections South Africans would have come to terms with your crossing over and vote with their emotions in tact and in full command of their mental circumference.

    I’m happy that you’re to meet your crossed-over fellow Comrades who understood, respected and implemented what you stood for as a unifier and World Icon.

    I’m sad that you leave behind a South Africa that is steady but surely on a downward spiral image due to our own deed or undoing.

    Robala o khutse Madiba a phyeleng,

    O bile bohlokwa maphelong a rona,

    Re tla kopana teng !!!

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  35. A mortal man can not live forever but he can live longer. Madiba lived longer to see what he fought for happening before departing to the heavenly life. He taught the world what humanity is. Spitually he will live forever. RIP.

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