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“It’s in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.”
Nelson Mandela 1983

And so it is in our hands to do what needs doing in this country – to stop, to notice, to listen, to respond, to enquire after the truth, to be informed and in touch, then to get stuck in and get our hands dirty. Whether by knitting for cold children, cleaning the muck from our parks, transforming our challenges into magic new businesses, aligned with the Kyoto protocol, focusing on, hence feeding the immense goodness in this nation. The spirit of Madiba is alive and thriving in our rainbow nation – and you will find it in our stories.

With gratitude we offer you some gifts to celebrate Mandela Day. Like a copy of Knowing Mandela by John Carlin. “He is the one political leader I have encountered in more than thirty years as a journalist … who succeeded in upending the cynicism that tends to go hand in hand with the business of journalism,” he writes.

“I arrived in South Africa after ten years in Latin America, sickened by the horrors wrought by murderous generals on their own people and by the puppet presidents put in place by Cold War powers. Mandela changed all that. Thanks to him, I left South Africa newly convinced that noble and enlightened leadership had not, after all, been erased from the roster of human possibilities.”

Wow, how lucky are we that this person was OUR leader! We have 2 copies to give away. How to win a copy? Tell me what you are doing to build this country – the more original and off-the-wall, the better.

Everyone knows that Madiba loved children, but did you know that on the historical day that he was released, his convoy had to hide in a back-street of a white-only suburb of Cape Town, waiting for the danger to pass. When a young couple with twin babies walked past, Madiba rolled down the window and asked them to pass their children through the window for him to hug. This was the man that we loved.

So, for the children, we have some gifts too: 5 Puppet Story books to give away by Marguerite Venter about looking after the ocean: Hou die Strand Skoon, Ek is lief vir Seeskilpaaie and I love Turtles. How to win one? Tell us how your family takes care of the earth.

Enjoy, integrate, share and respond to this issue, with love from us.

Elma and the team

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