Dec 072013

Nelson Mandela's inspiring words on May 10, 1994


“Your Majesties, Your Highnesses, Distinguished Guests, Comrades and Friends:

Today, all of us do, by our presence here, and by our celebrations in other parts of our country and the world, confer glory and hope to newborn liberty.

Out of the experience of an extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud.

Our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans must produce an actual South African reality that will reinforce humanity’s belief in justice, strengthen its confidence in the nobility of the human soul and sustain all our hopes for a glorious life for all.

All this we owe both to ourselves and to the peoples of the world who are so well represented here today.

To my compatriots, I have no hesitation in saying that each one of us is as intimately attached to the soil of this beautiful country as are the famous jacaranda trees of Pretoria and the mimosa trees of the bushveld.

Each time one of us touches the soil of this land, we feel a sense of personal renewal. The national mood changes as the seasons change.

We are moved by a sense of joy and exhilaration when the grass turns green and the flowers bloom.

That spiritual and physical oneness we all share with this common homeland explains the depth of the pain we all carried in our hearts as we saw our country tear itself apart in a terrible conflict, and as we saw it spurned, outlawed and isolated by the peoples of the world, precisely because it has become the universal base of the pernicious ideology and practice of racism and racial oppression.

We, the people of South Africa, feel fulfilled that humanity has taken us back into its bosom, that we, who were outlaws not so long ago, have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil.

We thank all our distinguished international guests for having come to take possession with the people of our country of what is, after all, a common victory for justice, for peace, for human dignity.

We trust that you will continue to stand by us as we tackle the challenges of building peace, prosperity, non-sexism, non-racialism and democracy.

We deeply appreciate the role that the masses of our people and their political mass democratic, religious, women, youth, business, traditional and other leaders have played to bring about this conclusion. Not least among them is my Second Deputy President, the Honourable F.W. de Klerk.

We would also like to pay tribute to our security forces, in all their ranks, for the distinguished role they have played in securing our first democratic elections and the transition to democracy, from blood-thirsty forces which still refuse to see the light.

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 have, at last, achieved our political emancipation. We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

We succeeded to take our last steps to freedom in conditions of relative peace. We commit ourselves to the construction of a complete, just and lasting peace.

We have triumphed in the effort to implant hope in the breasts of the millions of our people. We enter into a covenant that we shall build the 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.

As a token of its commitment to the renewal of our country, the new Interim Government of National Unity will, as a matter of urgency, address the issue of amnesty for various categories of our people who are currently serving terms of imprisonment.

We dedicate this day to all the heroes and heroines in this country and the rest of the world who sacrificed in many ways and surrendered their lives so that we could be free.

Their dreams have become reality. Freedom is their reward.

We are both humbled and elevated by the honour and privilege that you, the people of South Africa, have bestowed on us, as the first President of a united, democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa, to lead our country out of the valley of darkness.

We understand it still that there is no easy road to freedom.

We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success.

We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.

Let there be peace for all.

Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.

Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.

Let freedom reign.

The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!

God bless Africa!

Thank you.”

Credits: ORIGINAL: By Nelson Mandela. The transcript is via The University of Pennsylvania African Studies Center.

Dec 062013

Published on YouTube by Snordster

It seems like yesterday when I heard Tata was out of prison. Mixed emotions went through my mind! what does this mean for us South Africans & all Africans. Joy filled my heart and i actually cried at the thought of him been jailed for all those years just for me and my nation to be freed from slavery. I salute you Tata, not many people would have done it………… are a Hero to me and for all peoples.
To the world in general and most south africans in particular, you were not only a beacon of hope for what human kind can achieve and be, but you are a symbol of the potential human beings have. Words alone cannot begin to express the profound and deep-seated pride and emotions we have when we think of you, for you and your generation are an embodiment of what the South Africa was meant to be. Your image and memory will remain etched on our conscious for time immemorial.

For most good men it is hard enough to be a father to one child, but to father a nation is a kind of miracle that only comes from (and grows with) wisdom, love and the heart of hero. Madiba, you changed our lives in ways you will never know. I am proud of my beliefs and strong enough to stand up for them because you showed me that being afraid doesn’t matter but doing the right thing, standing up to be counted is what matters. And if you have a voice it’s your duty to speak up for yourself and those who cannot.

Hamba Kahle Ntate. Siyabonga khakulu!

Your leadership, integrity and hope will be missed. Let us take up his reigns, each of us individually and move integrity, hope and leadership forward in the spirit of Nelson Mandela. Adventurous travels dear friend of peace! ~Johan Miller

May 012012

Zac Whyte Facing the Fear of Success

TED Talk Video

Humanity is faced with some daunting challenges. There are over 300,000 active child soldiers in 30 countries around the globe and eradicating this issue has the illusion of being impossible. A true idealist, Zac Whyte is a regular family man, university student and media professional living in British Columbia, Canada who left his job after eight years in the network broadcasting industry to redesign his life around social entrepreneurship and actively engage poverty related children’s issues on a daily basis. He has made civic contribution a lifestyle instead of an effort. Using his leadership skills, media expertise, creativity and passion to lead by example, Zac is on a mission to challenge people to design their life around a purpose and give them an opportunity to face their fear of success to make what some members of his community call “impossible dreams” an established reality. Find out more about his work at

Apr 272012

Today, I am in St. Petersburg, Florida on a business trip. I am sitting in Kahwa Coffee Roasting coffee shop using their wifi, doing my morning computer work. The man sitting at the next table was here when I walked in the door, at the first table on the left, all hooked up busy at his computer. About an hour into my morning routine, he has a man approach him that he recognizes. They both greet each other and begin a conversation.

It’s a coffee shop and some conversations carry, right? Their conversation peaks my interest and takes me away from my Facebook, Pinterest, Gmail activities. As the second man winds up his conversation, I ask him if he can explain, to me, more about what he’s doing (subject of another post). I finish this conversation, get a website address (Edible Patch), enjoy a final salute and the man, Joe, leaves.

Now I say to my coffee shop comrade, “I would like to hear more about what you are doing,” as what I was hearing from their earlier conversation was really interesting. Here’s what I found out: (not a live site yet)

Josh Owen of Tryon Solutions is developing an application for the spiritual community based on an idea from the church he attends, Watermark Tampa. The idea is their annual Giving Tree, a church community aide for those in their community experiencing needs in their lives.

Josh said to himself, why does this idea just have to be a season answer. He has been developing this idea for the last year and is close to a beta test, in the process of taking it live.

Watch here for updates, we’ll keep you posted.