Former president Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, says it’s the responsibility of every person in the world to ensure his legacy lives on.
Our beloved Madiba passed away on this day exactly a year ago. Machel spoke at a wreath-laying ceremony for Madiba at the Union Buildings this morning.
Machel says the global icon’s legacy is bigger than any entity on the globe and there is no single custodian of that legacy.
“His legacy is in the goodness and the dedication to serve others which exists in every person.”
She has thanked the former statesman’s colleagues and friends who supported him throughout his life. “As the Mandela family, we have you as brothers and sisters of Madiba and we lean on you for guidance to show us how we should conduct ourselves.”
The widow says she’s confident that wherever Madiba is now, he is happy and has a smile on his face. She says the former president is happy because he is now among the ANC veterans who had fallen before him like Water Sisulu and Oliver Tambo.
Madiba’s “Asimbonanga” Video
To mark the first anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, Johnny Clegg’s 1987 struggle song, “Asimbonanga”, takes on a new meaning. The Zulu word “Asimbonanga” means “We have not seen him”, and the song was written to reflect on the fact that Madiba was not visible to South Africans due to the prohibition of the publication of images or depictions of him during his imprisonment.
Today, the phrase implies that the great work he started in binding together a new nation has not yet been completed. It is a call to the new South African generation to find inspiration in his life and work to continue his legacy.
Here, Johnny Clegg teaches the song to the future generation and to call upon them to make Madiba’s dream for a thriving, united and democratic South Africa visible.
This video features the winners of the 2014 MySchool Choir competition from Riebeek College Girls’ High in Uitenhage, South Africa.
Mandela touched the hearts and lives of millions around the world. There are thousands of tributes, honours and awards in Nelson Mandela’s name throughout the world.
From a simple street to a nuclear particle, the former president has been honoured decade after decade. Here are a few of the ways the world has decided to show their respect to Madiba:
The Mandela’s Gold strelitzia was renamed to honour Mandela in 1996
Nelson Mandela Bridge in The Netherlands.
‘Madiba’ is a restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Founded in 1999, it aims to recreate the feeling of a traditional South African shebeen.
The Paravanda Nelson Mandela is an orchid named Nelson Mandela after his visit to Singapore’s National Botanical Gardens.
A species of sea-slug found on SA’s Atlantic coastline was named ‘Mandelia Mirocornata’ after Madiba.
We know that his legacy will live on in the hearts of millions.