05 DEC 2013
To the Father of our nation - with fondness, love, and appreciation.
We extend this tribute to a man of vision, compassion and courage:
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
18 July 1918 - 05 December 2013
You were a precious treasure, a living example of so many of our nation's ideals, aspirations, hopes and dreams. And, although you have departed, your dream resides forever in our hearts. We embrace your belief in the goodness of your people.
We uphold the amazing faith and hope that you displayed so magnificently for all to see.
And it was your faith, and your example, that created a new nation. A nation of people who aspire to a future filled with peace, prosperity, justice, and hope - all thanks to you.
We honour Nelson Mandela's legacy - a legacy rooted in the oneness of humanity, in the upliftment of others, in his very character that stands for all eternity as an example of true greatness.
Madiba was abundantly blessed with life's greatest gift - that of love. He understood that a forgiving soul could never be imprisoned or constrained.
He understood that a loving heart and a compassionate spirit was what his people needed.
By living that love, he overcame hatred and washed away the darkness of oppression.
He opened the gates to a future brighter than any of us could have ever imagined.
His humble character, his deep wisdom, and his great courage were a warm embrace that healed our nation and taught us truth and integrity.
Freedom. Equality. Justice. Forgiveness. These were no longer just empty words, rather living, breathing ideals that were brought into being like a golden dawn by the father of our nation. And it was his example that inspired us all - from the smallest child to the bravest warrior, from young mothers to men of years and wisdom. From shore to shore, from the majestic mountaintops to the richness of the warm African plains, from our proud cities and villages, Nelson Mandela wrapped us in his embrace, and our beautiful land was changed - forever.
His memory, the memory of his life and deeds will be forever engraved in our hearts and minds. His dream lives on, his flame burns brightly,
and we will carry it always with love and remembrance.
Thank you, Father of our nation. Thank you, Nelson Mandela.
We honour you and the wonderful legacy you have blessed us with!
With Love - African Access Holdings.