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{To honour} Nelson Mandela

Today we honour this wonderful man. Nelson Mandela has shown the world that kindness, grace and forgiveness are stronger than greed or evil. He leaves us with hope and inspires us to follow in his path, to love... to do everything with passion; to be patient, but also to strive for what you know to be right; to embrace the good and never give up.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

May we all go forward in love, to live lives of significance and courage, and allow his qualities to live on. Thank you Madiba.

Madiba we thank-you.

Today marks 20 years since Nelson Mandela was released from prison. I still live in awe of this amazing man. Who else could serve 27 long years in prison only to come out preaching forgiveness and reconciliation with the idiots that put him there? We really all need to learn from his life.. to take just one aspect of his personality and aspire to be more like that. Without him, South Africa would still be a mess. Though I still see the scars left over from years of apartheid, Madiba made this country what is is today. If only the other presidents in this world would follow his lead...

May we all learn to be more patient, forgiving, kind and strong. Many of you will have (hopefully) seen the incredible movie based on this man's rule and the Spingboks Rugby Team (Invictus). The following poem is something Mandela often recited in prison and taught other prisoners the lines.


Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)