Business bows for Nelson Mandela

A survey conducted by PwC early this year among CEO’s of global corporations, revealed deep seated respect that captains of industry have for Nelson Mandela who passed on yesterday, the 5th of December 2013 at 20h50.

That is respect is playing itself out today as business leaders from across the globe send in message respect for the departed Madiba. The PwC survey showed Mandela ranked fourth out of the world’s top ten leaders of all time. He came after Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs and Mahatma Gandhi.

Sizwe Nxasana, the CEO of one of the largest financial services group in the African continent, FirstRand said: “Nelson Mandela was a unique person, and a role model for every leader in the world, particularly his humility, his grace, his strength and his love for his people. I was very fortunate to meet Madiba on a number of occasions and whilst I am sad he has left us, his great legacy lives on.  What is important now is that we celebrate his life and the impact he had on this great nation. We will miss him, but we will always remember him.”

Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) CEO Nomaxabiso Majokweni said “We offer our condolences to the Mandela family during this difficult time.”

While we mourn the passing of the world’s icon of democracy and reconciliation, the business community has every reason to celebrate his contribution to the foundation of South Africa’s democracy, positive investment climate and re-introdution of the country back into the world stage,” said Majokweni.

It is difficult to find new words to describe Nelson Mandela’s huge contribution to the stability and progress in SA’s early years of democracy after 1994. In the formative years of our democracy, Madiba’s steadfast focus on nation-building and the development of pragmatic economic policy were crucial in building investor confidence,” said Majokweni.

Nissan South Africa managing director Mike Whitfield said “South Africa has lost one of our most loved and revered icons”

The Tourism Council of South Africa said in a statement “We are a shattered country today. The most significant individual in South Africa’s history died last night aged 95.

27 years in jail made Mandela a stronger, wiser, and more ambitious man. In a situation where most would crumble in anger and the search for revenge, Madiba stood strong and his vision became clearer. His vision of Free and Fair elections, and the mission to free His people from the shackles of inequality and disdain.”

State owned transport and logistics enterprise Transnet which is led by Brian Molefe said in a statement: This morning we woke up to the sad news of the departure of the beloved father of our nation and one of the greatest statesman the world has ever seen –  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Tata Madiba.

It is a devastatingly sorrowful day for South Africans – and indeed for all people around the world. We have lost a great leader and humanitarian who inspired us and gave hope to millions.

He was more than an iconic figure, or a poster on a wall. He personified the spirit of forgiveness, love and compassion – rare attributes in any age of our collective histories.

Our nation has been blessed with an individual of such rare stature. Let us honour his memory by ensuring that his good deeds live on, embodied in all our actions.

That is the best we can do. We must continue to celebrate his life.”

Tata, may you be warmly welcomed in the arms of our comrades – Albert Luthuli, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, OR Tambo, Joe Slovo, Pixley ka Seme, Bambatha kaMancinza, Ruth First, and Nxele.”

Give them our love and avow to them that our dream of freedom lives on. Robala ka kgotso!”

Donna Oosthuysen, Chief Country Officer for Citi South Africa said “The world has lost a true hero and stalwart for human rights and dignity. President Mandela’s passing is deeply saddening for the world as a whole and all of us at Citi mourn his loss.”

We vividly remember the hope, anticipation and positive sentiment he brought to South Africa and, as one of the key proponents of abolishing apartheid, was responsible for Citi to be able to return to South Africa. We hope we can honour his legacy with our contribution to his dream,” said Oosthuysen. “We are proud and grateful for the life of Nelson Mandela,” Oosthuyse says. “On behalf of the global Citi team – more than 275 000 of us across the world – we salute you as a moral giant. Farewell Tata Madiba, and thank you.”

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