I am always reluctant to blog about Nelson Mandela in spite of the undoubted affect he has had not only on SA but on the world. I am reluctant because I personally feel that the exposure he constantly receives has desensitised South Africans to his incredible achievements.
In the name of heritage I am blogging this post that I found on thepropertymag.co.za.
It is always refreshing to see where our leaders, icons and heroes have come from. This is where Mandela started:
Madiba’s first home was a tiny ‘matchbox’ house in the older area of Soweto called Orlando West.
His first son was born in this house. I am sure that this makes the home even more special and holds fond memories for Mandela.
Heritage is what we make of it and the future is what we learn from our past and subsequently alter. Much has been learned from a man like Nelson Mandela and I am sure he is not done imparting knowledge on the world.
I am very interested to find out if South Africans have had their fill of the man? Not taking anything away from his astounding past and incredible presence, but do people rather want to learn things like this about the man or rehash the knowledge? I personally am more interested in the random facts and interesting historical tidbits regarding his past and his heritage. I have studied the struggles that he overcame and the history that he made, I want to know about the man, not the achievements.
What would you ask Mandela if you met him? Have you met him?
I have on a few occasions and I must say that his presence is quite overwhelming. His humble nature is grounding and his humour is extremely surprising!
photos and quotations courtesay of thepropertymag.co.za
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