No words can express our feelings right now. The Southern Africa Trust together with its many friends, is saddened by the passing of a struggle icon and our hero, uTata Nelson Mandela. Mandela lived his life unselfishly, spending twenty seven years of his prime in prison for a united, prosperous and peaceful South Africa, Africa and the whole world. Mandela was an inspiration to everyone - his friends and enemies alike. He fought against injustices, oppression, racism and all the evils of the world. His generosity, understanding of his fellow human beings and humility will always be a compass for all of us.
In our last Drivers of Change and Investing in Future awards that were held in October this year, we celebrated the risk taker, the ultimate investor in the future and the utmost driver of change - Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We will cherish the many moments of Madiba's life. To us he represented innovation, creativity and above all equality among people.
Our thoughts are with Mandela's family, his wife Graça Machel - who is a friend of the Trust - and all South Africans, Africans and people of the world who have also adopted Mandela as theirs. May Tata's legacy be an inspiration for us to eradicate oppression, poverty and work towards equity, equality and socially just and inclusive development. We will always call on Madiba's character and legacy to inspire us to forge ahead with tackling the challenges that he fought against. We will always have a Madiba in us.
May Madiba's soul rest in peace.
We will always love you Madiba.
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika