Nelson Rolihlahla "Madiba" Mandela (1918 - 2013)

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Date of birth: 18 July 1918 | Date of passing: 05 December 2013


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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba clan in Mvezo, Transkei, on 18 July 1918, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. After his father’s passing in 1927, the young Rolihlahla b... read more >

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born 18 July 1918. He is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial electio... read more >

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa on 18 July 1918. His father was Hendry Mphakanyiswa of the Tembu Tribe. Mandela himself was educated at University College of Fort Hare and the University of Witwatersrand where he studied law. He joined the African National Congress in 19... read more >

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is the son of Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Henry Mgadla Mandela, a chief and chief councillor to the paramount chief of the Thembu and a member of the Madiba clan. Mandela’s middle name is Rolihlahla, which literally means ‘pulling the branch of a tree’, or colloquially, ... read more >

Contributed by Ryan Govender

I have thus decided that I will do my best to write something in 67 minutes that will serve as a gift that I give to the world that will hopefully give the spirit of what Mr. Mandela is about to others as well as to those in the future. I do not know Nelson Mandela. I really don’t. We’ve nev... read more >

Contributed by Jaynesh Padayachy

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. - Nelson Mandela, The Long Walk to Freedom. Hamba kahle, Madiba. ... read more >

Contributed by Reyhana Karim

I put pen to paper in 1994 in the first democratic elections making Nelson Mandela our first black president, his efforts, sacrifice and fight for freedom have given me a woman of colour in South Africa, opportunities, education, a job and a free life that my parents hoped for and my grandparents on... read more >

Contributed by Adriane Yvette Naidoo

I could never forget you Tata Madiba. You are the reason for our freedom, for our democracy and for my place in society. You have impacted my life since I was 12 years old following you and seeing the magnitude of impact you made and left amoung us. You never showed animosity nor grudge, instead you... read more >

Contributed by Jashmeen Pillay

In Loving Memory of our Nation's Father As our nation mourns its hero, we take a moment of silence to remember your love for all our children. May we never forget the lessons you taught us and the love you had in your heart. The hope and future you gave us we see each day in our children's eyes.... read more >

Contributed by Lindsay Cadenhead

An honest man here lies at rest, The friend of man, the friend of truth, The friend of age, and guide of youth: Few hearts like his, with virtue warm'd, Few heads with knowledge so inform'd; If there's another world, he lives in bliss; If there is none, he made the best of this. These are t... read more >

Contributed by Kimi Gouvea

Tata Madiba you were, are, and always will be an inspiration to all. We need to sit back and absorb some of your strength and wisdom. 1994 was, for most South Africans, a year of excitement, of change, of freedom, of love and of admiration. We were so proud to have claimed you as our President, our ... read more >

Contributed by Anwar Gany

IN A SNAPSHOT - MANDELA…….When Almighty God informed the Angels that he was going to create mankind…. they responded in the negative knowing well what havoc mankind will bring to this Earth. Almighty God responded he knows best and indeed he does. Hence today, Our Lord, the Almighty God ... read more >

Contributed by Kath Mills Loraine-Grews

Rest in Peace Madiba, we will always remember you for the freedom you gave to the Rainbow Nation, for your great love of the children of South Africa. Thank you for giving us your life!!! We love you. God will welcome you with open arms into his house! Kath Mills, Dullstroom, South Africa... read more >

Contributed by Gilbert Nyandoro

You were and are an example of humility, forgiveness and greatness. We salute you Tata Madiba!!... read more >

Contributed by Simbongiwe Gqeba

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” “Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.” His own words Rest in Peace Tata Madiba.... read more >

Contributed by Tracy Bea

A freshly laid stone, a step higher up in culture. May we not forget to travel this wonderful path discovered - an important journey of peace, forgiveness and growth. Valuable to a humanity that can move forward together for the better. May it be well traveled. Thank you Amakhosi... read more >

Contributed by Ashwin Hurribunce

Hamba Kahle Mkhonto. You will live on quietly and strongly in the hearts of those that quest for freedom, truth and peace, but unfortnately be rubbished by those that extol your vrtues publicly yet negate, nay counter them by their hidden deeds. You were not perfect and very human that mo... read more >

Contributed by Siddeeq Railoun

Tata Madiba, I have been blessed by your presence in our country and the world. I have been blessed by the many lives you have touched and saved. I have been blessed by your leadership and inspiration. I have been blessed by your wisdom and choices. I have been blessed by the foundation your h... read more >

Contributed by Sharlene Meifels

You have set the Cornerstone of the New Post Apartheid South Africa....Thank you,,Madiba. R.I.P... read more >

Contributed by Enzich Briesies

Woke up last night to just another night shift…Then I saw the news, and a sledge hammer hit me straight in the chest…the battle to keep my composure started…My heart went back home to South Africa, but I am in a different country… the job must continue…emotions must be controlled. Now I... read more >

Contributed by Pawel Sredzinski

You will be remembered as the freedom fighter, not violent, but peacful warrior for peacful transition. 'Africa Another Way' Foundation, based in Poland, will make the best to commemorate you in Poland. 5 years ago we wished you long life. And despite of your death, we know, that you will live till... read more >

Contributed by Nic Prinsloo

South Africa is a tiny country, but every so often things happen here that bring the world to a standstill. The Eiffel Tower was lit up in the colours of our flag and our flag was flying half-mast in front of the New York Stock Exchange. It is in Madiba's greatness that we stand. The tears are ... read more >

Contributed by Andre van Niekerk

You were the greatest president in the world's history. We can become the greatest nation in the world's history - by just following your example.... read more >

Contributed by mmaphuthego zitha

Go well Tata Madiba you will always be in our hearts,you have left us with wealth that is called freedom we will continue with your legacy for a more better South Africa.May God give your family strength.Amandla!!!!!... read more >

Contributed by Jcz claver

You will always be here They all lived yet they never left a mark as clear crystal begs for more light You stood on the front line with your eyes on the trophy your back turned to oppression There was never any shadow behind you even thought you always faced the light We wouldn't have been mad... read more >

Contributed by Shane Fick

Thank you Madiba for making such a big difference in our nation! This rainbow nation you created will forever be grateful. You taught us the meaning of forgiveness and dragged us through the darkest times and made us all see the light. I am grateful to have lived through this great era and witness t... read more >

Contributed by Kevin Padayachee

Mr Mandela, I am an indian in South Africa. I have not experienced a segregated country, a country without endless possibilities, a country that holds me back for the colour of my skin. Thank you for giving us the South Africa we live in today. You have sacrificed a lifetime for our comforts and I ... read more >

Contributed by Percy Abdulla

As Madiba said You will achieve more in this world through acts of mercy than you will through acts of retribution. I thank the Lord God for letting Madiba be in my life time May his soul rest in peace ... read more >

Contributed by Welile Mbundwini

Ahhh Dalibhunga. Lala ngoxolo mntu omdala. Ngalamazwi ka T. Mbeki ndithi: "Isinamva liyabukwa Mhla wasabel'igwijo, Uthwel'uthuli lwezitho zabaphambili, Wadad'emafini nje ngokhozi, Wadelel'inkunzana nje ngemamb'emnyama, Lath'izulu liqulath'indudumo nombane, Ladedel'ilanga nalo lithand'ukub... read more >

Contributed by Marisa van Beeck

My dearest Tata. I know that you can see the world as it is today, we are a global nation united in grief and mourning the loss of our precious father. I can see your beautiful smile, that calm look in your eyes, and I can feel Tata, the touch of your spirit in each of our souls as you comfort eve... read more >

Contributed by Marianne Marais

Dearest Madiba, your courage, humility, belief in and love for all South Africans touched me deeply during your amazing life. While it is incredibly sad to have to say goodbye, rest in peace. I will remember you always and try and follow your example each day of my life.... read more >

Contributed by Mike Nakedi Seageng

GOD gave the world a seed that grew into a huge tree that all South Africans can climb on and become giants the world can see, and shade that can shelter and protect us from harm. Today we all come together as one big community, not as people of different colours. Before our pigments added those dis... read more >

Contributed by madiba matsetela

You have done a great job in uniting RSA, Africa and the World. We will continue the journey through the values you have set. Life goes ON and the straggle continues. Rest In Peace TATA. ... read more >

Contributed by Lerato Lelaka

What a man, ohh what a mighty strong, loving and real life super hero. What you have done for us knows no measure of gratitude. For as long as we are in this world, you will keep touching our souls and blessing us with fruits of freedom and democracy. From me and future generations, we say Thank y... read more >

Contributed by Steve Schwartz

You are like the tree to us Tata Madiba. The tree that we can sit under so that the hot sun can't reach us. Now that tree is gone. May your soul Rest in Peace! From Refilwe Cossa... read more >

Contributed by Steve Schwartz

Mandela, Father of the Nation! We will miss your guidance, your caring of children and your legacy for loving one another. May your soul Rest in Peace. We will always remember you. From Rose Legodi... read more >

Contributed by Tshego Mashego

Thank You For Living Amongst Us & For All That You Have Taught Us. May Your Beautiful Soul Rest In Perfect Peace. We Love you! Tshego Mashego... read more >

Contributed by Noel Canin

For Madiba and Graça Machel Sing down to us, Madiba, sing Sing down the earth of Africa, sing Call the warm winds And the green cane fields and the gold veld grasses. Dance the blue mountains of Africa, dance. Sing down courage, sing Sing down love, Madiba, Sing down hope. Sing do... read more >

Contributed by Obed Nkomo

Thank you TATA, We are better off here in South Africa than in our countries of birth. Ulale ngoxolo, you have been an inspiration to me. Your influence is not so distant from that of Jesus Christ. ... read more >

Contributed by Miquel Torrente

Mr Mandela, Madiba, Thank you for setting all of us South Africans free.... read more >

Contributed by Penelope Smith

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing" "Become a shining light for those to follow in your foot steps", Two quotes that explain a towering legend of a man. A man that fought the good fight without hate or fear. A man that was born with love in his heart and died with love for his people. Y... read more >

Contributed by Thinus Henning

Tata, rus in vrede.... read more >

Contributed by Everon Clark

R.I.P. TATA...Ur work here on earth is done.. WE THANK YOU.. Now its up to us to take it forward...U WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.....EVZ... read more >

Contributed by Gabriel Matli

You have lived my the saying that goes like, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto You". You were a selfless man who dedicated his whole life to the underpreviledge and man with Honour and Integrity.... read more >

Contributed by Isabel Kelly

RIP Madiba - you are an inspiration to the world. A great man able to united adversaries and inspire generations. Hope that South Africa's current and future leaders will be guided by your vision. Thank you for all you did for our beautiful country and its people.... read more >

Contributed by Nicole Raath

It is difficult to imagine a South Africa without Mandela. I am lucky to have be born in a time when, even though I was young, Mandela was never tainted as a criminal, only an advocate of freedom and peace and a fierce believer in equality. There is no adequate way to thank you for what you have do... read more >

Contributed by Tarryn Dark

I'll never foget the day you shook my hand. I was 11 years old when my mother worked at Gateway International Airport. She had arranged for me to come and see your helicopter land at the airport that day. We were a small crowd that stood and waited for you to get off the helicopter. You got off, and... read more >

Contributed by herculene le roux

Heaven was missing an angel and that angel is you Tata Madiba. i know there is an joyous celebration in heaven celebrating your homecoming right now... you have made such a huge difference in millions of peoples lives throughout the world... I SALUTE YOU TATA.. I SALUTE YOU... FAREWELL ! ... read more >

Contributed by Leigh-Ann Lillienfeldt

May your beautiful soul Rest in Peace, tata Madiba!!!! You are sorely missed already...I will never ever forget you and always cherish lessons learned from you, your legacy makes me a proud South African!... read more >

Contributed by Elizabeth Everts

As a daughter of this beautiful country, I salute you Madiba. You have paved a bright future for me and my son, for millions of people here in South Africa and around the world. You have showed us how to become a better country accepting each other, not looking at the color of our skins. We as a cou... read more >

Contributed by Vickie Scott

Finally you are home Madiba. RIP. You have succeeded in making our country an example to the rest of the world by uniting us all, and even now in death you are able to unite nations. Your legacy will live on forever........ read more >

Contributed by Helena Herbst Gouws

I have been blessed over the years with many wonderful people in my life. This is my tribute to a man who had a positive and beautiful impact on my life. May your soul rest in peace Madiba. May the people of South Africa go on where you left off seeing no hatred or skin color but the color of the bl... read more >

Contributed by Liesl Van Wyk

Go in peace Tata, you were the epitome of being humble yet humane, showing it is possible to be caring, kind and fair. You deserve your rest in the Home beyond the river.... read more >

Contributed by Eric Makouana

Today we celebrate you for the gift of hope that you have given us. You have departed from us but your spirit will be amongst us. Your courage have taught us without unity there is no progress. Your wisdom have guided us to live in harmony in our beautiful country. Thank you Tata. R I P... read more >

Contributed by Ernesto Luis Carvallo Cevallos

To express mourning on on such a great person is a very difficult thing to do. Mandela was the type of person that comes once every two-hundred years. He was a symbol of peace, union, and most important, hope. He taught us that not matter what, we need to fight, always having the truth on your side,... read more >

Contributed by barry stuart

Tata Nelson Madiba Mandela , even the biblical Soloman, in all his splendor, would have sought you out, sought your wisdom and good were always a Giant to the giants. now safe in Gods hands and basking in His glory. you are worthy Madiba. God Bless You and God bless the people of Afri... read more >

Contributed by Lucas Shakwane

Like King Solomon God have given you Wisdom, May it shower down to our today leaders to leader us not astray. " O lesole gare ga masole"... read more >

Contributed by Patrick Gaillard

Madiba, you were my true example of what it means in life to give of oneself unselfishly , and give until it hurts, to the point that you feel like the cause is lost , but in reality.... its only the begining. You showed me how to love unconditionally, to forgive and especially love those who have m... read more >

Contributed by Ndumiso Lupuwana

Tata Madiba rest in peace. We know that we exist between two eternities. The eternity before we are born, a short sojourn on planet earth and then the eternity after we die. It is how we utilise our short time on planet earth that matters most as it determines where and how we will spend the eternit... read more >

Contributed by Ilse Lötter

Rest in peace Madiba, bringer of peace and understanding, I salute and honour you. Ilse Cape Town... read more >

Contributed by Maria Pienaar

Condolences to Mrs Graca Machel and the Mandela family and friends for their great loss. His legacy will still stay alive for us , he will never be forgotten. South Africa is honored and blessed. Hamba Kahle Madiba x... read more >

Contributed by Theo Du Preez

Ek het die vir Madiba geskryf met sy 95 ste verjaarsdag - en ek staan nog daarby. Madiba Vir ons is vertel hy's 'n aartskomminus waarskynlik ook die antichris vyand van die volk Sy naam net gefluister daar is gesê sy eie mense sal hom doodmaak as hy vryheid kon smaak FW het ho... read more >

Contributed by jason john

Madiba a few men have past through the history of man and made an impact in their lifetime for all the right reasons, Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln but to name a few, you stand head and shoulders alongside these men and take your rightful place in history. Hamba Kahle. ... read more >

Contributed by Teresa Bockel

I have mixed feelings about your passing. I am sad that I will never meet you on earth and thank you for fighting for the freedom that we enjoy today, but I'm glad the pain is gone and you are at peace now. I hope you Rest In Peace. Will Remember you forever.... read more >

Contributed by Pervasheni Mohanlal

You represent all those that had fallen before you in the fight for liberation and all those that are still to come. You were a man, yet revered as a GOD amongst men as you liberated yourself of the bitterness due to the apartheid regime. You remind me of Ghandiji. I can but hope that I can teach m... read more >

Contributed by Antoinette Russouw

RIP Tata Madiba ... Soar with the angels high in the sky ... ... read more >

Contributed by J-P Khan

RIP Nelson Mandela, a shining gift from God, you brought a nation together. We will never forget everything you done. May your soul rest in peace.... read more >

Contributed by mubeen jhetam

It takes the living to close the eyes of the dead but it takes the dead to open the eyes of the have really opened the eyes of the entire world...we will miss you TATA...... read more >

Contributed by Simon Peter Longoli

You inspired my world, and fought for it to be a better place. Your memory remains strong in our hearts. RIP Papa Mandela!... read more >

Contributed by Dyanne Mayer

It was 1994, we were the darlings of the world because of our beloved Madiba. My boyfriend and I took an extended trans-Africa trip, travelling up though East Africa into the Middle East and on to India. One very common question we faced was "What's your country?" . The whereabouts of South Africa... read more >

Contributed by Cameron Sacks

dear Tata I was born on the 12 of August 1977 and I saw everything that you went to jail for transpire and all I want to say is thank you for all your sacrificing you have done for this nation and now we bid you farewell and hope people never forget and stay true to the cause you fought for. Rest et... read more >

Contributed by Stephen Herbst

It has been your struggle, but the life you have lived has touched this generation and many to follow. Your grace is testament to your IDEALS, for which you were willing to die. To see a legend in my lifetime is not only a privilege but a defining experience, one which I shall cherish. I will foreve... read more >

Contributed by Neli Maduna

Oh Tata, father of the nation, you have left a huge void in our hearts. You will always be missed and your history and legacy will forever live on through our children and grandchildren. Rest in Peace Qhawe, u have done us proud and I for one will be forever grateful for all the opportunities that y... read more >

Contributed by Nancy Thompson

Thank you Tata for a life well lived. You are an inspiration to us all.... read more >

Contributed by Shephard David Macherenje

Thank you Tata for the lesson on life you taught me and the world at large. I cherish your idea of being able to listen to those you may not like for they always have a idea worth learning from... read more >

Contributed by Timmy Jones

Thank you and farewell tatomkhule. Thanks to you us freeborn will never know what it was like in the apartheid era. ... read more >

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