NELSON MANDELA ~ MADIBA~ CHANGED THE COURSE OF SOUTH AFRICAN HISTORY
Mandela was a man of great strength yet also humility. He recognised the importance of eduction and encouraged society to contribute to the community. His birthday, on 18th July, has now become Nelson Mandela Day where South Africans are expected to spend 67 minutes of their day engaging in some form of charity, which can be animal welfare work.
I would like to believe that Mandela’s school education played some part in instilling these values.
Mandela’s life briefly intersected with my grandfather’s, the late Reverend Harris. As an adolescent, Rolihlahla, which was Mandela’s original name, attended Clarkebury a Wesleyan missionary school, where my grandfather taught. At that time Clarkebury was the biggest education centre in Tembuland (a rural area in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa). The name Nelson was given to Rolihlahla, by the missionaries.
- Reverend Harris 1957
According to Mandela , my grandfather Reverend Harris ran the school “…with an iron hand and an abiding sense of fairness”. It is also reported that Reverend Harris was the first white man Mandela shook hands with. Little did either of them know what a great leader Mandela would become and how much Mandela would sacrifice to change South Africa.
Mandela’s compassion extended to animals, where Mandela was a patron of the National Council of SPCA, an organisation that works to improve the standards for animal welfare in communities in South Africa.
PeTA joins the world in mourning the passing of Nelson Mandela.
RIP Nelson Mandela ~ you will never be forgotten.