Dear Mr Mandela
The Sunday Times's Lifetime Achiever Award could not be awarded to a better person than yourself! I am grateful to you for many things, in particular for setting this beloved country of ours so high on the world history map, and for leading us into this democratic era.
To have been given an opportunity to serve humanity in your name as the general manager of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation has been and will remain the greatest honour I have ever received.
In June last year, when the foundation received a major donation, you jokingly remarked, "Reverend Thobela, take good care of my money!" Well, be assured that I and my colleagues will do our best to honour every bit of trust that you have placed in us!
The foundation is making big strides in building leadership capacity in Africa. We are committed to making you, and all those who support your vision in this regard, very proud.
May the light of God continue to shine upon you. May His love and grace continue to be with you. - Yours in service