Minister Mthethwa condemns the xenophobic attacks

As many of you are aware, a small number of South Africans have decided to violently attack and harm some of the foreign nationals who have made our country their home too. I say a small number because the vast majority of us have condemned these attacks in the strongest of terms and have distanced ourselves from such malicious and quite frankly criminal activities. I’m not naive and I understand why citizens of our country are fed up, but there must be another way to voice your concerns and anger? March to the Union Buildings, share your opinions, your stories, your pain with the President, but for crying out loud don’t burn a fellow human being for also wanting to make a life for him/herself. It’s despicable, inhumane and it breaks my heart.

I’m not one to hate on my country. In fact I am a person who tries to shut the haters up, but damn it’s hard when there are issues like xenophobia, crime, the power crisis all happening simultaneously. Our president is supposedly going to make an address later today… Great, more words. How is that going to help? Honestly? He isn’t liked by many and this is certainly something where he could change that view. In doing so, he could help change the perceptions of how South Africans currently ‘welcome’, ’embrace’ and live with those who choose to make this place their home too.

I heard on the news earlier that artists like Kelly Khumalo and Cassper Nyovest have had their international gigs placed on ice or cancelled outright because of what is currently happening. I say good. The world must turn their backs on us until such behaviour is removed from our society. Maybe I’m being too harsh, but maybe tough love and the withdrawal of foreign investment in this country is the wake up call our government and we as a nation need in order to move forward. Those are my feelings right now! I pray for and keep my fellow human beings from this beautiful continent of mine in my thoughts. I hope you will be safe and I will do all I can to help make this as much a home for you, as it is for me.

I received a press release from the Arts and Culture Department, in which the minister himself has condemned the attacks: Continue reading “Minister Mthethwa condemns the xenophobic attacks”

Times for Nelson Mandela’s funeral on 15 December

BBC World News (channel 400 on DStv) will carry the late Nelson Mandela‘s funeral on Sunday from 06:00 GMT (That’s 08:00 CAT).
David Dimbleby introduces live coverage of the State Funeral of Nelson Mandela in Qunu, South Africa. Many Heads of State are expected to attend and pay their respects to the former President who reunited the nation and brought apartheid to an end.
Sunday 15th December from 06:00 GMT until 10:30 GMT

 

 

Statement from Johnny Clegg on Madiba’s passing

Statement by Johnny Clegg on the passing of Mr Nelson Mandela

My family and I send our condolences to all the Mandela family members on the passing of Tata. We also share with all South Africans and the global community our sense of loss and sadness at his passing.

Nelson Mandela will always define a deep part of what and who are as individuals and as a nation. It is difficult to separate the great journey to secure a democratic and non-racial South Africa from his personal qualities and character. For all South Africans he was the face and form of that voyage, particularly in the crucial decade of 1990 – 2000.

 

In the defining and tempestuous years of 1990 through to April 27th 1994 his leadership never gave the impression that he was overwhelmed by events, even in the darkest hours of Boipatong and other atrocities that were meant to derail the negotiations. When at times we felt doubt or fear, his strong resonant voice rolled out over the radio or TV and, like a tide going out, our reservations about the future receded.  We took immense nourishment and succor from his fearless and positive attitude. His charismatic openness, straight aim, direct but respectful communication with his opponents was a singularly rare quality in a time of racist and right wing demagoguery. A country in turmoil needs to feel that the Ship of State, riding the storm, is in good hands and he never gave us cause to doubt that the storm would pass and the country would be free. It is the qualities of tolerance and forgiveness however which stand out as his lasting legacy as well as the way he used these to unite the country both during and after his presidency.

With all our fellow South Africans we acknowledge with deep gratitude the debt we owe to this Man from Qunu, who bequeathed us this great country of promise. Today, although we grieve, we also proudly rejoice in his remarkable life, which we were privileged to share through extraordinary times.

Statement by Zelda La Grange

STATEMENT BY ZELDA LA GRANGE ON THE PASSING OF MR NELSON MANDELA

My sincere condolences to Mrs Graça Machel (Mum), Maki, Zeni, Zindzi, Josina, Malenga and the entire Mandela family as well as everyone who feels a sense of loss this morning.

Nelson Mandela inspired people to forgive, to reconcile, to care, to be selfless, to be tolerant, to maintain dignity no matter what the circumstances. I can attest to each of these because these are the ways in which he changed my life over the past 19 years. I am blessed and honoured by the privilege to have had the opportunity to serve him.

I often battled with the relentless pressure. But then I looked to him who carried himself with such grace and energy. I never left, I never could. Nelson Mandela did not demand loyalty, but he inspired profound and unwavering loyalty from everybody whose life he touched.

And now, as we grieve the departure of Madiba I am slowly coming to terms with the fact that I will never see him again. But heroes never die. As sad as it makes me that I will never walk into a room again and see his generous infectious smile or hear him say “Oh Zeldina, you are here” I have come to terms with the fact that Madiba’s legacy is not dependent on his presence.

His legacy will not only live on in everything that has been named after him, the books, the images, the movies. It will live on in how we feel when we hear his name, the respect and love, the unity he inspired in us as a country but particularly how we relate to one-another.

Madiba will forever be present in my life because he made me into the human being I am today. I will cherish every smile, the pleasant but also the difficult times and especially my barefoot moments. Thank you for all the wonderful opportunities you afforded me, but most of all thank you for believing in me Khulu, making me a better person, a better South African.

Tot weersiens Khulu!! Will love you every day for the rest of my life.

ENDS

Njabulo Ndebele of Nelson Mandela Foundation releases statement

Media Release: In Honour of Tata Madiba
Date of release: 6 December 2013
From: Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Foundation

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela

We know all South Africans and indeed the world join us in this profound sense of loss and sadness on the death of our beloved Founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences are with the Mandela Family and friends at this time.

Let us stand together now and in the days ahead, and do what needs to be done to honour with dignity Tata Madiba. We know you share with many of us the same passionate wish to see Nelson Mandela’s legacy being kept alive and made available to the world.

His legacy lives on in all of us – it is in our hands now.

Hamba kahle Madiba.

Celebrate Madiba in music

One of SA’s most loved DJs, Euphonik put together a track called Domination in which he used clips from one of Nelson Mandela‘s speeches. You can listen to the track above. I know on a day like today, Euphonik will celebrate his life, his birthday and his numerous successes by being very thankful to Madiba.

Billboard has an awesome list of songs too. Click here to see that list

President Jacob Zuma announces the death of Nelson Mandela

South African president, Jacob Zuma announced the news of former President, Nelson Mandela‘s passing just after 23:30 on Thursday the 5th of December, 2013.