The board of Brand South Africa pay respect to Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Johannesburg, Monday 9 December 2013 – Brand South Africa board members today visited the family of former President Mandela in Houghton, to express their support following the passing of Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Speaking from Houghton Johannesburg, Brand South Africa Chairperson Chichi Maponya Chairperson said, “We must remember the great work that Tata Madiba has done for South Africa. It is our duty as citizens to play our part through living his legacy by our positive actions. Madiba was a great, fearless and compassionate leader whose resilience and charisma made an impact on millions throughout his life.”

“He cannot be replaced in person but his legacy of selfless and principled dedication to equality and justice lives on in South Africa. We stand together with the millions of fellow South Africans and friends around the world as we use this time to reflect and recommit ourselves to the values and practices he stood for.”

“This is a trying time for the nation, the world and especially the Mandela family. As we pay our last respects to our former president, we also express our deepest gratitude to the Mandela family for allowing us the opportunity and sharing with us as the Nation their greatest jewel,” concluded Ms Maponya.

Note to editors

 Text of President Zuma’s official statement on the passing of Former President Nelson Mandela: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/index.htm

 Official dedicated Mandela website: http://www.mandela.gov.za/

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