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Rest in Peace Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba

Nelson Mandela Quote


It is with the deepest regret that we have learned of the passing of our founder, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Madiba.

We want to express our sadness at this time and condolences to the Mandela Family. No words can adequately describe this enormous loss to our nation and to the world.

We give thanks for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We salute our friend, colleague and comrade and thank him for his sacrifices for our freedom.

“During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for. But, my lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Our nation has lost his greatest son, Our people have lost their father. Your teachings, your lessons, your legacy will live with us and in our hearts forever. You have taught us the art of forgiveness and created a better place for all of us. You have established and provided the world with a blueprint of true leadership.

Rest in Peace…..Forever in our hearts.


Nelson Mandela Education Quote



46664 Apparel arrives on SA shelves


From the notorious prison number to a modish clothing brand, that’s the story of 46664.

The number that identified Nelson Mandela on Robben Island, the place that the apartheid government jailed him for his political activities, has grown to be a name of a unique fashionable clothing line. The product range made its first appearance on South African shelves on 24 August 2011.

At the moment the range is readily available in 15 Stuttafords stores across the country, 46664 Apparel is also available for sale in Namibia and Botswana. It’s set to be promoted abroad in 2012.

The initial batch of the collection comprises of men’s and women’s clothes, which were all designed and manufactured in South Africa.



The eye-catching men’s golf shirts – retailing for between R399 (US$56) and R599 ($83.41) – are expected to swiftly gain popularity among the many young and stylish, at the same time the traditional seshoeshoe shirts convey a vintage African feel to the collection.

46664 Apparel men’s jeans and chinos can also be purchased. The women’s range consists of elegant dresses and skirts, in addition to stylish blouses.

The summer collection is simply a taste of what the brand is sure to offer, which, as reported by Stuttafords’ executive chairperson Hilton Mer, is a “combination of fashion and quality”.



46664 has gone from a degrading prison number to one that “celebrates beauty”, stated Tokyo Sexwale, a Cabinet minister who is also a Nelson Mandela Foundation trustee. Sexwale spent 15 years on Robben Island together with various other political prisoners including Mandela.

“Mandela was branded in jail, but look what taken place,” Sexwale added. “46664 today honors the victory of good over evil.”

The number – pronounced four, double six, six, four – is additionally made use of as the brand name for a global HIV/Aids awareness and prevention campaign.


Funds for Mandela Foundation

Royalties from 46664 Apparel sales will go to the Mandela Foundation, which created the concept of a clothing range as way to make a sustainable income.

Seven percent of the profit derived from sales will go directly to the NGO, as indicated by Brand ID CEO Wayne Bebb. As the brand grows, royalties will increase to 9%, he explained.


Brand ID, the group licensed to produce and manufacture the line, guaranteed to maintain transparency in their allocation of funds to the Mandela Foundation.

“For the next season we’ll be able to say this is what we donated to the foundation, and this is what they’ve done with the funds,” said Bebb.

Former Miss South Africa Jo-Ann Strauss added: “It’s unlike any other (clothing brand) produced in South Africa, given that the profits guarantee that the Mandela Foundation continues to generate an income.”


Local designers aboard

A group of 3 top designers deisgners were roped in to make sure the 46664 range is attractive to consumers. The well-known Craig Native is commissioned with designing the brand’s T-shirts.

Chris Vogelpoel – also highly regarded – designs the 46664 male denims, while Barbara Tosalli conceptualises the women’s range.

“They’ve all been leading designers in South Africa for many years,” said Mer.


The entire range is manufactured locally in four factories in South Africa – two in the Western Cape and two in KwaZulu-Natal. The brand has created almost 1 500 work opportunities in the factories two of which owned by Seardel, one of the country’s largest clothing and textile manufacturers.

“We’ll continue to grow the production sites in South Africa and generate more jobs,” said Bebb.

The new line and brand will showcase the crème de la crème of South African talent to the world, said Sexwale.



“We’re planning to spread the brand and make it possible for people see the quality that we have in South Africa,” he added.



67 schools to receive facelift for Mandela Day

Sixty-seven dilapidated schools in Mpumalanga will be looking brand spanking new come Mandela Day on July 18.

Mpumalanga’s Education Department is going to dispatch its officials to fix up the schools in honour of former President Nelson Mandela, whose birthday is commemorated globally every year.

“The project will start on July 16 until Madiba’s birthday on the 18th. The department is going to work together along with a a number of stakeholders and restore broken ceilings, doors and window panes, plant vegetable and flower gardens,” explained the department spokesman Jasper Zwane.

Zwane added that the department’s first stop is going to be the Injabulo Secondary School in Mtata village south of Malalane.

Other role players also include the Congress of South African Students, the Nkomazi local municipality, Ehlanzeni FET College and Ligwalagwala FM employees.

The delegation will in addition hand over an administration block which has been built by milling company, Tsb Sugar.

Zwane explained that on July 18, the department, together with Anglo American, Tsb, inmates from the Devon Correctional Services Centre, the Gert Sibande district municipality as well as the Govern Mbeki local municipality would converge at Osizweni Special School in Standerton.

“The school provides services for 72 intellectually impaired students who are suffering from autism, Down syndrome and hearing difficulties. Most of these students are in most cases incapable of coping in mainstream schools,” said Zwane.

Zwane said the delegation will build and fence the sport ground, paint classes, donate garden tools, erect a heated greenhouse, pave the gateway, and repair broken furniture, doors and window panes. They will at the same time donate welding equipment, a lamination machine, a digital video camera and a photo camera.

Mandela Day is commemorated annually on July 18. In 2009, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the 46664 campaign called for Mandela Day July 18 to be acknowledged as an annual international “day of humanitarian action” in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy.

Mandela Day spokeswoman, Chantal Cuddumbey, said Mandela Day serves as a catalyst for every single individual all over the world to understand that they possess the cabability to change it by way of small actions.

“Mandela Day is not a holiday rather an annual celebration of Nelson Mandela’s example of community service. He spent 67 years of his life actively dedicated to promoting and contributing to social change,” said Cuddumbe. On Mandela Day we ask individuals to symbolically give at least 67 minutes of their time in service to their communities in whichever way they choose.”

Last year, the United Nations General Assembly officially adopted a text declaring July 18, as an International Day to be observed annually, starting in 2010.

Source: BuaNews


Mandela book of quotations published

The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory has published a brand new, authorised book of quotations from the well-respected former president – one many people sincerely hope will assist his countless admirers to quote him accurately in the foreseeable future.

Nelson Mandela by Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations was released at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on 27 June 2011, and sales were brisk at the launch function.

“We wanted this to be a publication of substance,” said the centre’s memory programme head Verne Harris, “and one that wasn’t necessarily in accordance with the well-established narrative of Mandela’s life.”


Beneath the editorship of Mandela Foundation communications manager Sello Hatang and senior researcher Sahm Venter, the new publication at the same time endeavors to make the task of the foundation a lot easier as it receives an abundance of phone calls every month from people looking to confirm Mandela’s words of wisdom.

Despite the fact that the book is small in size, it is made up of over 2 000 quotes by the elder statesman, collected over six decades. They’re categorised according to keywords such as responsibility, humanity, reconciliation, prison, integrity and South Africa – 317 sections in all.

The prison category is divided into 26 sub-sections, including comrades, loneliness, and reflections. The South Africa section has 13 sub-categories.

The book comes with a timeline of important Mandela events, in addition to a collection of books and documentaries that had been utilized as references.



Unpublished material

The editors, who claims that Mandela is among the most frequently quoted people on the planet, assure that each and every saying is 100% accurate. Hatang and Venter delved into Mandela’s notebooks, letters, speeches and audio material in order to put the collection together. Many quotations have been unpublished in the past.

“We pass through this world but once,” says the quotation inside the covers, “and opportunities you miss will never be available to you again.”


“Granddad doesn’t often talk openly about his feelings,” said Ndileka Mandela, daughter of Mandela’s older son Thembekile, at the event, “so this book is a invaluable resource along with an insight into his thoughts”.

“This book is long overdue,” said politician and businesswoman Cheryl Carolus. “For many years we’ve looked up to Madiba along with his generation as the leaders, however today we are the frontline generation and the future is in our hands. As a result, we can all reap the benefits of his wisdom.”



Ahead of his time

Mandela’s sayings are brought to you in chronological order within each section, in order that the reader can easily track the continuing development of his thoughts and opinions on any matter. Numerous topics are a great deal more significant today as they were a decade or two ago.

In 1992 Mandela said: “Many of us find it difficult to talk about sex to our children, but nature’s truth is that unless we guide the youth towards safer sex, the alternative is playing into the hands of a killer disease.”

HIV/Aids has swept through South Africa’s population in recent times, killing millions. As reported by the national Department of Health, until 1998 the South African Aids epidemic was in fact the fastest expanding on earth, however it has since retarded. Prevalence of mother-to-child transmission, in particular, has fallen from 8% in 2008 to 2% in 2011.


“In this regard Granddad was far ahead of his time,” said Ndileka Mandela. “During a Robben Island visit, I was shocked when he asked me very personal questions about my relationships, and warned me about safe sex. You didn’t talk about those things back then.”

A poignant entry from 2005 reads simply, “My son has died of Aids.”

“Yes, Aids has touched our family,” Ndileka Mandela said, making reference to the death of her uncle Makgatho, who passed away at the age of 54.

Mandela was adamant that the reason behind his son’s death ought not to be hidden, simply because treating Aids as something mysterious only enhances the stigma and misinformation which enables the disease to proliferate.