Mandela. – At various points around the country during this 10 day period of mourning, we could pay our personal respects to Nelson Mandela. I visited Cape Town’s City Hall just after his passing to lay down flowers and a personal note of thanks for the change he brought about in my life and country.

This is where he made his first public appearance after 27 years of imprisonment on 11 February 1990, speaking words of peace and reconciliation he gave us a South Africa to believe in. It was very moving to read all the notes and be amongst people with nothing but love and respect for the Father of our Nation. As tears flowed down my face, I made a pact to myself and to his memory, to be the very best person that I can possibly be.

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. 1918 – forever.

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