Dec 15, 2013

Nelson Mandela

There are countless sources in which you can find tributes, photos and historic facts about the great Nelson Mandela and Scribbles could have simply posted a few links to other sites rather than devote postings to his passing.

Scribbles does not pretend to be a leader in world events, that's not what you typically come to our site to view. We know that.

But there was something unique about Nelson Mandela that spoke to everyone. He may never have heard of you or I, but we most certainly knew of his great strength, wisdom and vision for a better South Africa and indeed a better world.

With this in mind, we have combined our memorial posts of the past 10 days into this tribute section to Nelson Mandela.

His message of peace, love and  respect towards all walks of life is one we should take with us wherever we go. The world will never again see the likes of Mandela and the we will forever be indebted to him.

Ken Leavoy

NELSON MANDELA  |  1918 - 2013

DEC. 6, 2013
(AP / Athol Moralee)

Mourners lay floral and candle tributes to former South African President Nelson Mandela outside his Johannesburg home, at the onset of 10 days of mourning.


"Nelson Mandela was living proof that one person truly can make a difference and in his case that difference was phenomenal.

Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela. History will forever remember you and the way you touched and changed the lives of so many. How lucky we were to be alive to bear witness to your greatness."

~ Ken Leavoy 

DEC. 10, 2013

Nelson Mandela's Memorial

a Historical Event


While most of you slept, I was awake in the middle of the night (my "normal" routine due to pain management, meds and funky sleep pattern) so I watched the live coverage of the Nelson Mandela Memorial.

Although it started over an hour later than scheduled and the rain-soaked crowds became smaller as the event lagged on and yet another dignitary took to the podium to pay their respects, it was still very historic.

Crowds in stadium at Mandela's Memorial
CTV news anchor Lisa Laflamme was commentating the event with a friend of Mandella's and they interjected many facts that really drove home the magnitude of the memorial and Mandela's accomplishments.

Presidents and Prime Minister's of countries which were once South Africa's "enemy" were all there to speak of how Mandela carved out new and peaceful relationships between their countries.

U.S. President Barack Obama received a standing ovation and gave a great speech. Many left after he spoke, even though there were many others yet to speak. Others in the crowd began singing and several times were asked to please stop because they were drowning out the dignitaries speaking.

Lisa Laflamme mentioned how many South African's were taken back by the outpouring of condolences for Nelson Mandela. Paraphrasing, Laflamme said that after seeing global leaders speak, many in the crowd expressed a realization of Mandela's effect on the world, not just South Africa.

A sentiment I shared.

DEC 14, 2013

Arriving Home

Residents of Qunu stand along a wall near the house of the late president Nelson Mandela ahead of his funeral in the village.

Photo Courtesy: AFP | Roberto Schmidt
South Africans line the road as the hearse carrying the coffin of former South African president Nelson Mandela drive through the streets of Mthatha on its way to Qunu.

Mandela's State Funeral in Qunu, South Africa
DEC. 15, 2013

The World Says Goodbye


Ninety five large candles burned brightly, one for each year he walked the earth at the State Funeral of Nelson Mandela.

The funeral took place in Qunu, South Africa, where Mandela lived when he was a child. It was Mandela's wishes to be buried in the small impoverished village.

World leaders and dignitaries joined Mandela's family and friends at the funeral service with an attendance of 4500 guests. 600 seats were reserved for members of the Quru community who built a facility for the funeral on the family's farm land.

Mandela's granddaughter Nandi
Mandela's casket was draped with the flag of South Africa and set upon cow skins. Traditionally, in earlier times, bodies were wrapped and buried in cow skins, there were no caskets used during that era.

In a passionate speech, Mandela's granddaughter Nandi spoke on behalf of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, of the legendary man who as a child walked barefoot to school, yet as a man would hold the highest office as South Africa's first black Prime Minister.  She also spoke of Mandela's sense of humour and humility.

Mandela's funeral service began at 8am South African time, with the intent of having his burial occur at noon when the sun is at its highest point, an African tradition.

Mandela's State Funeral 

Memorable Nelson Mandela Quotes

Nelson Mandela’s battle against the South African apartheid and his post-apartheid leadership inspired the world. Here are some of Mandela’s most memorable words:

1. "During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die." – A statement to the court during the Rivonia trial, April, 20, 1964.

2. "I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people. Your tireless and heroic sacrifices have made it possible for me to be here today. I therefore place the remaining years of my life in your hands." -- Addressing a crowd after his release from prison on Feb. 11, 1990. 

3. "Let it never be said by future generations that indifference, cynicism or selfishness made us fail to live up to the ideals of humanism which the Nobel Peace Prize encapsulates." -- On receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1993.

4. "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another ... The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement. Let freedom reign. God bless Africa!" – Inauguration speech, May 10, 1994.

5. "The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come. The time to build is upon us ... We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity - a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world." -- At inauguration.

6. "When I was among the crowd I raised my right fist and there was a roar. I had not been able to do that for 27 years and it gave me a surge of strength and joy…. As I finally walked through those gates to enter a car on the other side, I felt even at the age of 71 that my life was beginning anew. My 10,000 days of imprisonment were over." – From his autobiography 'Long Walk to Freedom', recounting his release from prison after 27 years.

7. "I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb." -- From his autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom.’

8. “Only through hardship, sacrifice and militant action can freedom be won. The struggle is my life. I will continue fighting for freedom until the end of my days.” – Chapter 42, “Long Walk to Freedom”

9. "This is a war. It has killed more people than has been the case in all previous wars and in all previous natural disasters ... We must not continue to be debating, to be arguing, when people are dying." -- Mandela on AIDS.

10. "I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death." -- from“Long Walk to Freedom”

11. "For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." -- from “Long Walk to Freedom”

12. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." – from a 2003 speech

13. "It always seems impossible until it’s done."

14. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."

15. “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”


Nelson Mandela, right, and Moses Kotane, left, are seen leaving the court after the State withdrew the indictment during the Treason Trial, hanging in his room at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg, South Africa on Oct. 13, 1958. (AP / Themba Hadebe)