“Let us never be unmindful of the terrible past from which we come – that memory not as a means to keep us shackled to the past in a negative manner, but rather as a joyous reminder of how far we have come and how much we have achieved. The memory of a history of division and hate, injustice and suffering, inhumanity of person against person should inspire us to celebrate our own demonstration of the capacity of human beings to progress, to go forward, to improve, to do better.”
Nelson Mandela’s address during a joint sitting of parliament to mark 10 years of democracy, 2004.
Now nearly another 10 years on and this great man has departed our company but leaves a legacy never to be forgotten and a future that is in our hands. He demonstrated that it always seems impossible until it is done. May the future of Africa be one of peace, justice and opportunity and may the power of ideas and action take us there.