A 100 years ago on the 18 July 1918 in the village of Mveso - Eastern Cape, a Son, Brother, Nephew, Friend, Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandfather, Great-grandfather, Leader, Prince, Lawyer, Revolutionary force, Statesman, Giant was born.
I am reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, "says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." And how fitting is this scripture reflecting on Tata & the powerful lessons of love, hate, fear, winning, losing, freedom, hope & many others we can learn from his life.
There are indeed different ways of Being and Living the Legacy of Tata. Following this I am as a young person reminded of the powerful and moving words by the former opposition leader @lindiwemazibuko during the "Special Joint Sitting of Parliament" in 2013 after Tata's death: "...In the coming weeks much will be said about which Mandela we must remember. Who is the Mandela we must love? Which Mandela should we cherish? Is it the Mandela the fierce intellectual entrepreneur, & partner in South Africa's first black law firm?. Is it the Ghandian Mandela?, who advocated the pacifist action of boycotts and strikes against the apartheid regime?. Is it MADIBA the Prince, MANDELA the athlete or Mandela the YOUNG LION who took his party in a radical direction when he co-founded Umkhonto We Sizwe? Or is it President Mandela the statesman? Who commanded the world's stage with an unquestion sense of morality, & a keen understanding of the power of symbols & how they can draw together a divided people.
I draw inspiration from the Mandela who stirred up his organisation from within. Who when he was my age became the leader of the ANC Youth League, and took his place on the ANC's National Executive. The Mandela who pressed his colleagues for more drastic action and challenge the status quo. That is my Mandela my inspiration..." Who is your Mandela on this centenary of Tata? What are you reflecting on about your life & how you can use it to also be of value-add to others?
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