A tribute to Nelson Mandela by Teresa Basson, written on the 16th December 2013


As the sun sets, with magnificence, on the Mandela era
The rainbow nation should pause to remember.
We have lived to see the great
In following his message we should not wait.
Freedom has come to rich and poor
Truth and reconciliation, we pray, will endure.
Many have suffered and given their lives
For a cause so great, they left young wives!
They were willing to go the extra mile
To see justice in place for all alive.
The old has gone, the new has come
He lived his message, forgiveness has won!


A new African spirit will now arise
With undivided heart and hope in its eyes.
Redeem respect, resolve, restore
Honesty, integrity, morality once more.
This new African spirit is now being born
Every 1st of September, a Spring Day dawns!
Arise!   Vuka!   Staan op!   Phakama!
Give of your BEST, expect nothing less!


Who will go?   Who will stand?
To bring healing and peace to this beautiful land?
Let us go!   Let us stand!
Let’s pass on His Message to all in our land!

1 John 3:16  “This is how we know what LOVE is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.   And we ought to lay down our lives for one another.”

“There can be no greater gift than that of giving of one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.” – Nelson Mandela