In Memory of Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

 Despite spending much of his life without the company of children, Mandela became famous for his ability to make connections with the very young.  Here he helps a blind child to find out what he looks like.  The village of Qunu, not much changed from the days when Mandela spent his childhood here.  This is the house he stayed in, the property of Thembu Paramount Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, who took in the boy and his mother after Mandela’s father, also a chief, was deprived of his property following a disputed with magistrate.  Mandela’s father had four wives; his mother Noqaphi Noscheni was the third wife.

Remember Nelson Mandela


One Bloomfield Tech Student commented:

Peace?  Trust no one


I can understand how you feel

There was disappointment and trouble in my younger life

But I never lost hope


At least I trusted myself

And behaved in such a way that others could trust me

If I want to trust others

I have to show others are able to trust me


We all go through life

Knowing some bad and good people

We learn and change

If we show kindness to others

There is a chance to receive kindness in return


I was sad about some of my troubles in life

But when I study about Nelson Mandela

Who passed away this month at the age of 95

I feel that I am a lucky person


He was jailed for twenty seven years

But was able to walk tall when he was freed

He over came his bitterness

Trusted people and people trusted him


Mr. Mandela became the first black president of South Africa

People all over the world praised his good deeds

He is honored and admired

Just as Gandhi and Dr. King were admired


By being only a one term president

Mr. Mandela showed he was not greedy to hold on to power

He could have been President of South Africa as long as he wished

He prevented civil war between black and white South Africans

He helped to raise funds to educate poor African children

And encouraged the fight against Aids


He led very meaningful life

An example for others to follow


 Mr. Mandela said his 27 years in prison gave him time to think

He educated other prisoners and cultivated a little garden

 Growing tomatoes and other vegetables

His conduct earned him the respect of his jailers


President Barack Obama commented that

When you are with Nelson Mandela

You want to be a better person


I too want to be a better person

 After studying the life of Nelson Mandela


Please reconsider your comment

Peace? Trust no one


If you help others to the best of your ability

You will find others you can trust

Who in turn will trust you

And give help when it is needed


Then you will achieve a successful life

With happiness and peace in your heart


Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Friday, December 13, 2013, 11:56 pm

Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela was born in 1918 and raised in the village of Qunuin theTranskei, a small village in South Africa’s eastern.  He was one of 13 children, a youngest son of a counselor to the chief of the Thembu clan.

He ran away to Johannesburg, where he became a lawyer and joined the African National Congress fight against apartheid. He is pictured in about 1950, six years after he founded the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League (ANCYL) with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.  

He married Evelyn Ntoko Mase, his first wife.  They have four children: Thembekile (1945); Makaziwe (1947 – who dies after nine months); Makgatho (1950); Makaziwe (1954). 

As a young man, Nelson Mandela was a keen boxer.  “Boxing is egalitarian.  In the ring, rank, age, color and wealth are irrelevant.” he wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. 

Nelson Mandela married his second wife Winnie Madikizela in 1958, and they have two daughters.  They never enjoyed much of a family life as they were both in and out of jail.  They divorce in 1996.

Right-Nelson Mandela revisited his cell several times after his release.

After more than 27 years in detention, Mandela walks out of Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl on February 11, 1990, accompanied by his wife Winnie.

Right- Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Oslo,Norway on December 10, 1993 for their roles in ending apartheid.  FW de Klerk would go on to serve as one of Mandela’s deputy presidents. 

Left-Mandela takes the oath on May 10, 1994, during his inauguration in Pretoriaas the country’s first back president. “The time for the healing of the wounds has come,” Mandela said.  “The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come.  The time to build is upon us.”

 Right-Mandela celebrates his 89th birthday with a group of young people at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund inJohannesburg on July 24, 2007.  After his retirement from politics Mandela remained involved in social issues through the Children’s Fund and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a charity set up in 1999. 

Walk With Nelson Mandela


We come and go

To somewhere no one knows

Left on earth is what we did

When we were still alive


Nelson Mandela has gone

And billions mourn

Wishing he would live forever


Hitler has gone

No one mourns

Wishing he had gone sooner

Or was never born


What will people think when

Bashar Hafez al-Assad of Syria

Robert Mugabe of Zimbavwe

And others who want to keep

The power over people forever

 have gone


 What will people say?


 Ten, fifty, or a hundred years is only a drop

Of human civilization

We will be gone sooner or later

For we do not live forever


What are you doing Bashar Hafez al-Assad?

Killing kids, women and men

They are your people

They are Syrians

Please, I beg you not to create

A Twenty First Century Holocaust


Robert Mugabe

You are eighty nine years old

You still want to be president

What are you thinking?

That you will live forever?


 Oh, yes both of you will live

Thousands years or longer in history


 Will both of you and others hungry for power

Be good examples for future generations?

Or will future generations learn from Nelson Mandela


You who are alive

Please think harder

About what you are doing


Be part of those that keep peace

Just like the way Mandela prevented civil war

Between black and white in his country


Please make the world better

For the next generation


If only one day you think of Mandela

Make him proud to be part of the same human race as you


Please hear this from

Nelson Mandel’s inauguration speech


“Time for the healing of the wounds has come.

The moment to bridge the chasms

That divide us has come.

The time to build is upon us. —– 

We understand it still that

There is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well that

None of us is acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people,

For national reconciliation,

For nation building,

For the birth of a new world.


Let there be justice for all.


Let there be peace for all.


Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.


Let each know that for each the body,


The mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves.


 Never, never and never again shall it be that this

Beautiful land will again experience the oppression

Of one by another and suffer the indignity

Of being the skunk of the world.”  


Ing-On Vibulbhan-Watts, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 12:17 am


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