tribute russel loubser

Dear Madiba

Often it is said that the good things in life are only appreciated once they are no longer there. This generalisation does not apply to you, Madiba.

I, like millions of people in South Africa and around the world, appreciate you here and now, as one of those really good things in life. You have made me proud to be called a South African. You showed the entire world what South Africa and South Africans are capable of achieving, against considerable odds. You are to humanity what Einstein was to science. Your deep wisdom and compassion and sense of righteousness is appreciated and acknowledged universally. I am confident that the remotest island inhabitant does not need Google to know more about the man - Mandela.

Thank you for what you have done, and continue to do, for humankind.
(2007)