Nelson Mandela: 1918 – 2013

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content on 6 Dec 2013 at 10:06
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The father of our nation, beloved Madiba, passed away peacefully last night, surrounded by family; his long struggle finally over.

In solidarity with the rugby world – and all South Africans – I’d like to thank him for all that he has done and extend deepest and most heartfelt condolences to all who knew him, loved him and were inspired by him. Thank you, Madiba, for how much of yourself you gave to our country – and in particular, to the sport we all love so much.

Nelson Mandela, I’m sure, felt he could go gently into the “good night” of which Dylan Thomas spoke, knowing that he had done what he could to create a better life for his people. To me, though, he will always be remembered primarily as a bringer of reconciliation and maker of peace; hence I can think of no more fitting words of farewell than these, from the book of Matthew.

Banoyolo abaxolisi; ngokuba baya kubizwa ngokuthi bangoonyana bakaThixo bona.

Rest in peace, Tata, your fearful trip is done.


  • RIP. Thank you.

  • Comment 1, posted at 06.12.13 10:15:18 by West Indies Cricket Board Reply
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  • This is what John Smit told SA Rugby Mag:

    “‘After being named Bok captain in 2003, I got to meet Madiba every year, which proved to be the start of a friendship. The most sentimental moment came in 2006, after the birth of my daughter. I was on my way to a Sharks training session in Durban, and had just turned on to the M4 when I received a call. The person on the other side said Nelson Mandela wanted to talk to me. I was sure someone was pulling my leg – I didn’t think a person of his stature would go out of his way to try and get through to me. But I agreed nonetheless, and was surprised to hear his voice. He congratulated me on the birth of my first child and gave me advice on what to expect. It’s a conversation I’ll never forget.’”

  • Comment 2, posted at 06.12.13 10:23:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rolihlahla – “Tree Shaker” – was the original name in Xhosa his parents gave him. He peacefully shaked a country and a nations tree for 95 blessed years.

    He led ‘by example’ the most influential peaceful transition the world has ever seen.

    He had the wisdom to realise that supporting a world cup rugby final in 1995 would unite a nation more than anything else.

    He loved children and leaves a legacy that all children can aspire to.

    South Africa was blessed to have Madiba for 95 years.

    Tata Madiba – May you rest in peace.

  • Comment 3, posted at 06.12.13 10:35:02 by Observer Reply

  • Rest in peace, Great son of the
    Beloved country.

  • Comment 4, posted at 06.12.13 10:40:49 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Hamba Kahle Madiba.

  • Comment 5, posted at 06.12.13 10:42:00 by gregkaos Reply
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  • A great man who among many other amazing accomplishments, did so much for this wonderful sport we love so much. Rest in peace Madiba!

  • Comment 6, posted at 06.12.13 10:45:51 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : That’s a pretty cool story.

    A real man of the people. Lead by example, expecting nothing from others that he wouldn’t do himself.

  • Comment 7, posted at 06.12.13 11:03:17 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • Still struggling to accept it but glad the man gets to have some peace. Thank you for everything Nelson.

  • Comment 8, posted at 06.12.13 11:30:38 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • Finally peace and freedom beckons the one that freed so many.
    RIP and thank you.

  • Comment 9, posted at 06.12.13 11:38:50 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Trawling through the news channels this morning every single one was running with the breaking news of Madibas passing, that is all but Russia Today who were on an anti American crusade…again – I found this really ironic as at one stage Im sure Madibas and the ANC’s biggest supporters would have been the Russian folk.

  • Comment 10, posted at 06.12.13 11:52:28 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • The man inspired 2 Rugby World Cup wins, brought the Soccer World Cup to SA and single handedly prevented a nation from entering into civil war! Has there ever been such an inspirational figure in world history??

  • Comment 11, posted at 06.12.13 12:18:33 by SheldonK Reply

  • The father of our nation has closed his eyes, so the rest of the world can open theirs

  • Comment 12, posted at 06.12.13 12:38:57 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • Rest in Peace Great Man of this Country! I was genuinely saddened upon reading of his passing and I hope we all learn something from him about forgiveness and tolerance.

  • Comment 13, posted at 06.12.13 14:19:03 by BarendL Reply
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  • Rest in Peace Father of our Nation 🙁

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.12.13 15:54:33 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • One of the Greatest men of our Century if not the greatest. I just really hope people go out and actually read some material on the man. His real history. Not this cheap ‘Wikipedia’ version. Of a wonder man from EP. But the version where a flawed man who evolves into a remarkable one. By choosing to change is the only way to change others. We can all achieve this like Saul to Paul I biblical context. Madiba! Lekker Rus Ou Grotte.

  • Comment 15, posted at 09.12.13 07:47:50 by BoerSeun Reply

  • @BoerSeun (Comment 15) : Earlier on this thread I was having a go at the Russia Today new site and yet it was them in their synopsis and reporting that highlighted exactly these qualities that you mention in your post as what made him the remarkable man that he was.

  • Comment 16, posted at 09.12.13 09:48:12 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Awwww and there I read that Baby Jake has also passed away. RIP little big man, you entertained me royally.

  • Comment 17, posted at 09.12.13 16:33:17 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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