Our tribute to a man who changed the world - Madiba
Australia Africa Business Council (Vic) was profoundly saddened by the news of president Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s passing. As president of the AABC (Vic) I express my heartfelt condolence to the people and government of South Africa and the Mandela family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
In a wake of Madiba’s death, we feel not only sorrow but also pride and inspiration. Madiba stood firm for justice to prevail. He chose not to revenge his enemies, he faced punishment with forgiveness, discrimination with fairness, and he won! He won the hearts of his people, the love of the world, the respect of the entire globe and the blessing of the divine.
This respect was earned. Mandela was the architect of peace and reconciliation - rare phenomena in this world. He placed his personal need beneath his people’s interest. He fought for equality and humanity.
President Mandela has done more than most of us would accomplish in a lifetime. He was a man who fulfilled mission. His achievements and contribution are great inspiration.
We should implement his wisdom through which he was quoted as saying:
‘‘If people can learn to hate each other, they can taught to love - for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’’
Rest in peace and God Bless.
Di Fleming for the Australia Africa Business Council (Vic)