A message of condolence from Iziko Museums of South Africa

  • Posted: Dec 7, 2013



A message of condolence from Iziko Museums of South Africa

Iziko Museums of South Africa, our country, and the world are unified in grief, mourning the loss of uTata NelsonRolihlahla Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, 5 December 2013. Madiba’s life lessons and legacy are part of our cultural heritage – they constitute a national treasure which we must conserve and share for future generations.  Nelson Mandela was central to every stage of South Africa’s epic struggle against apartheid and is an icon recognised across the globe as both a symbol of sacrifice and beacon of hope. 

Ambassador Dikgang Moopeloa, Chairman of the Iziko Council and Ms Rooksana Omar, Iziko’s CEO, jointly, send their condolence and best wishes to the family, comrades and bereaved from across the globe. We salute our national treasure and global icon, Madiba, for his role in helping to build a new nation from the fragments of our conflicted histories and his fearless pursuit of the dream of democracy and a non-racial society in order to create a better life for all. 

In this pursuit, he made full use of the ‘weapons’ at his disposal: love, persuasion, forgiveness and acute political acumen – with a fair amount of self-deprecating humour thrown in for good measure.  As much as Mandela was a leader, icon and symbol of the nation, whose long walk to freedom became synonymous with the nation’s history, he was also known for his humility, his sense of collective leadership, and his commitment to service excellence.

In an address on Heritage Day, 24 September 1997, Robben Island, then President Mandela said:  “When our museums and monuments preserve the whole of our diverse heritage, when they are inviting to the public and interact with the changes all around them, then they will strengthen our attachment to human rights, mutual respect and democracy, and help prevent these ever again being violated”.

Iziko Museums of South Africa will continue to honour the legacy of our beloved Madiba, inspired by our vision of “African Museums of Excellence that empower and inspire all people to celebrate and respect our diverse heritage” and Mandela’s dream of a creating a better life for all.

We salute you Tata and can only hope to seek solace in your own words: “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.”[1]


Robala kakgotso Madiba.  Phumla ngoxolo Madiba. Rest in Peace Madiba.


Ambassador Dikgang Moopeloa
Council of Iziko Museums of South Africa


Rooksana Omar
Iziko Museums of South Africa


Messages of condolences and support can be left in the condolence book at the Iziko South African Museum, 25 Queen Victoria Street, or online in the comments section of this page.

From Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations
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