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A Baobab Has Fallen - Press Release on The Legacy Of Madiba

10th Dec 2013

Nelson Mandela, African Elephant is no more. MADIBA died on Thursday, 5th December 2013, leaving the world in emotion.
This tragic event does not leave the African youth indifferent.
Today, we do not celebrate death we immortalize a triple icon:
− That of the fight against the odious apartheid system;
− That of the fight for Human Rights and Freedom;
− That of Peace, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
In naming their patrols, units and groups “MANDELA”, Scouts in Africa identify themselves with these values for which he has dedicated his life.
He was the Patron of Scouts of his country South Africa and was bestowed with the prestigious title of "AFRICAN ELEPHANT", the highest award in Scouting in Africa.

Comments (8)

Comment From;
Scott Teare
Secretary General, WOSM
"Some very powerful thoughts tied to Scouting and MoP. I grew up with the struggles of this outstanding human being who showed me courage, compassion and forgiveness... and when such things are shown, they are also taught."


Comment From;
Dr Themba Ntiwane
Chairman, Swaziland Scout Association (Emavulandlela Swaziland Scout Association)
"A true giant has fallen. A man who always occupied the moral high ground in quietness and humility. A man who sought the truth in every situation and stuck to it. Favoured with supreme influence, he never abused it, but looked for the common good in all things.
The best we can do for his memory and ourselves, is to continue his legacy, and do our best to serve humanity."


Comment From;
Dr. W. A. Davis
Chief Commissioner, Ethiopia Scout Association
“Yes we should emulate this great leader and create more pathfinders on our journey to create a better world. I share your sentiment in passing the message to all Scouts, my deepest condolences and honor to such a true hero of the world, Madiba!”


Speaking about his mortality, Mandela once said: "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."

These are words of a man who knew his purpose in life and was dedicated to it. This purpose, as you can see from the statement above draws alot from the fundamental principles of Scouting, duty to God, duty to others and duty to self. His is a true example of living the Scout promise.

There is a Swahili saying that; "Mti mkuu ukianguka, wana wa nyuni huyumba" which lossely translates to "when a big tree falls, the birds will scatter." Indeed the falling of Nelson Mandela is a great loss to the Scouting Movement and the world at large.

Having been named after him, I have always drawn alot of lessons and inspiration from his struggles, writings and successes. The only way to honour this great hero is by us endeavoring to live by the Scout Promise and continuing with his work on Peace, Justice, Reconciliation and Human Rights.

Rest in Peace, Brother Nelson Mandela!


There is an important call for actions in these words of Nelson Mandela when he said:
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead" (May 2002).

This is exactly what the young people today expect and will judge us accordingly!

Truly, a "Baobab" has fallen and we hope to see more to come up as a sign of celebrating this well-spent life!

RIP Tata!


Mandela will forever be immortalized in our lives
Magical Smile he had
Ardent in his deeds
Never relented in doing good
Devoted human rights champion
Elegant and charismatic
Legacy of humility reigns
Africa and the World Says Bravo


Nelson Mandela was everything I think a great Scout should be today. Keep the fires burning!


"...Let the next three months be a time, not for mourning because MADIBA lived his life to the fullest to leave us a model but also a challenge, but rather and foremost a time for reflection and Scout actions to pay tribute to the defender of human dignity.

Let us gather in our patrols, teams, schools, neighborhoods, on scout.org Facebook, etc. to share our initiatives and let us make of them the springboard of good intentions and actions, as well as prayers that accompany the soul of MADIBA to the divine and eternal rest!..."
- Frederic Tutu Kama-Kama, Regional Director, World Scout Bureau - Africa Regional Office