Remembering Africa’s Ambassador of PeaceNelson Rolihlahla Mandela
18th July 1918 – 5th December 2013
I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.
Thank you for the legacy of peace received from Africa’s Great Father. Who practiced what he preached and taught that when the mind is open to the radiant light of the soul, there is exuberance and inspiration. Whatever is done becomes effective and meaningful. Drink from Madiba’s calabash of peace and harmony.
Living in Peace and Harmony is not an easy thing to do. From the moment of conception, we are bombarded with obstacles that try to hinder us from evolving in an environment of Peace and Harmony. I don’t have to point out all the things of this world and environment that are creating chaos of spirit, mind and body. We are all experiencing the same things. However, the difference is the way we deal with all things of life. To live in Peace and Harmony in this existence, we must first learn to live in Peace and Harmony with ourselves. So how do we re-establish balance? By making manifest a world of Peace in our individual lives and environment. How do we do that? By creating it.
And that begins in the Heart and Mind. To get to the place of living in total Peace and Harmony takes diligence, consistency, and a desire to create a world of Peace and Harmony, not only in the Microcosm, but the Macrocosm, too. All things are connected, and when one begins to create Peace and Harmony in the Microcosm, it affects all beings in all worlds.
Let this be a journey of evolving, creating, and remembering who we really are. But to get there, we must start with ourselves.
We need to deepen the listening, elevate the thinking, encourage discourse and drive the inner healing agenda which resonated with Madiba’s philosophy of letting go of bitterness but also that everything seems impossible until it is done.
We need to explore innovative and unemotional dynamics, forward thinking and solutions in our discourse, engagements with the public nationally and globally moving forward.
As the public broadcaster and a catalyst for driving positive change, we have a calling to look deeper into what is announcing itself and what is not announcing itself at this turning point in our history.
The SABC has a responsibility in the spirit of public service and as a hub of information, education and entertainment to:
· Pioneer social cohesion
· Instil morals, values and ethics
· Mobilise the definition of South Africa’s identity
· Engender patriotism without diverting from the essence of who we are
· Create a platform for debate and discussion for weaving African solutions
· Inspire greater possibilities
· Resurrect the spirit of Ubuntu
· Entrench the pillars of our Constitution highlighting the seven fundamental values of democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom.
There can be no peace when there is no justice
Lest we forget our children do what they see so we must be cognizant of our actions in how we treat our leaders and fellow citizens. Our young ones are our future citizens and we would like them to have a voice but to be responsible and accountable and understand the impact of civic action.
Future citizens, from grassroots level, must be taught not to defame, ridicule and disrespect the elderly
When I say it's you I like, I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch. That deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive. Love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and justice that proves more powerful than greed.”
― Fred Roger