Information and communications technology companies on Friday expressed sadness at the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday night at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, after a long illness.
In a statement, Telkom board chairman Jabu Mabuza said: “The announcement of Mr Mandela’s death has had a deep and profound impact on members of his family, on his countless friends and comrades, on the citizens of South Africa, and on people across the globe.
“The only way for us to pay adequate tribute to Mr Mandela is through our thoughts and our actions. We should reflect on his achievements, attained despite the circumstances of his life. We must remember his values, his sense of dignity and his respect for every human being. And we must all act in a manner that continues the tradition of demonstrating humanity towards others, of reaching out to those who are most in need, and of committing ourselves to be of service to the people. In this way, we will ensure that Mr Mandela’s memory lives on.”
Telkom group CEO Sipho Maseko said: “We must constantly remind ourselves of what we have gained from Mr Mandela. We are all here today, living in a free country, because of the unshakeable beliefs of people like him. He was an exceptional leader, one who was willing to die for what he believed in. His name will always be associated with the concept of ethical leadership, applied consistently, regardless of personal sacrifice.”
MTN group president and CEO Sifiso Dabengwa said: “Former president Mandela leaves behind a rich legacy of reconciliation, world peace and the triumph of the human spirit over all adversity. He embodied the spirit of human rights and dignity in the way he lived his own life.
“His 50-year fight, including 27 years in jail, helped bring democracy and freedom to our country,” Dabengwa said. “Even after 27 years of prison and hardship, only one thing counted for Madiba … creating a democratic, prosperous future for all the people of the new South Africa. This combination of humanity and unique statesmanship made his true greatness manifest for the entire world.”
“The loss of our beloved Tata Madiba will be felt for a very long time,” said MultiChoice executive chairman Nolo Letele. “Tata’s contribution to our country has been immeasurable and his teachings will always be a part of us – leading us towards a better future.” — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media