“Asimbonanga (We have not seen him)
Asimbonang' uMandela thina (We have not seen Mandela)
Laph'ekhona (In the place where he is)
Laph'ehleli khona (In the place where he is kept)
Oh the sea is cold and the sky is grey
Look across the Island into the Bay
We are all islands till comes the day
We cross the burning water”
This is a song written and sung by South African Johnny Clegg. It gives me goose bumps! Whether we agree with the ruling government or not, I don’t think there is a single South African who doesn’t love and respect our Madiba. Despite the many obstacles he faced while fighting for the freedom he believed in, despite spending years in prison, he was released and through him, South Africa underwent a peaceful transition. He is our hero, our father – a man who dedicated 67 years fighting for peace, justice and freedom for all.
Tomorrow our Madiba turns 91 and we have been asked to spend 67 minutes of our time, doing something for someone else. In return for what he has taught us, it’s our turn to teach our children about sharing and loving!
Happy Birthday ‘Tata (father) – thank you for the lessons of love and peace you have taught all of us. We are so very proud as you have made an impact not only on the lives of the South African people, but on the lives of people all over the world, who love and admire you!