We pay tribute to one of the greatest leaders of our time, the late Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela who passed away on 5 December 2013.
In 1994, at our democracy's dawn, Nelson Mandela inspired our movement for creativity, innovation and thought leadership. He dared us all to be more. To pursue our vision that the creative shall inherit the earth. He inspired us to reimagine South Africa and Africa.
His liberation and work in bringing about a peaceful transition from apartheid to democracy in South Africa allowed a seismic shift in terms of the possibilities pertaining to creative freedom in South Africa. And for that, we honour him.
The odyssey that Madiba started in 1994 fired our desire to promote design and the creative industries in South Africa, as a platform for economic and social renewal.
A towering figure of the 20th century, not only will Madiba be remembered as an exemplary leader, but in particular as an advocate for social and human rights, and the embodiment of the triumph of the human spirit.
He famously said: “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
In his time he inspired confidence and promoted reconciliation, united racial groups in post-apartheid South Africa and campaigned relentlessly for worldwide peace, justice and equality.
Nelson Mandela was a statesman that enjoyed almost universal respect as he embodied hope the world over. He said himself: “I am not an optimist, but a great believer of hope.”
Madiba’s legacy will live on, and his spirit will be a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come. “Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation,” Nelson Mandela reminded us.
We renew our promise to Madiba. And will redouble our efforts to continue our work – in his honour.
God bless Madiba. Our love for you is forever.