Friday, September 26, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Former South African President and international statesman Nelson Mandela passed on December 5, 2013 after extended illness.
His death impacted the world, many of whom grew up in the shadow of his near three-decade stay in prison and release, after which he mounted a successful campaign to become the first black man as President of South Africa.
Belizean journalist and assistant editor of Amandala newspaper, Adele Ramos, initiated an effort to open an official book of condolences to sign located at the Partridge Street offices of the newspaper.
This week, she presented the book to visiting South African High Commissioner Her Excellency Mathy Joyini, based in Jamaica.
H.E. Joyini was here for the celebration of Belize’s 33rd anniversary of Independence and met with Ramos at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Monday, September 22.
According to Ramos, Mandela’s impact was not only felt in South Africa, but across the world, and undoubtedly here in Belize.
High Commissioner Joyini in turn promised to transmit the book of condolences to the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.
An electronic copy of the book has also been remitted to the High Commissioner, along with news clips with the reaction of Belizeans to Mandela’s passing.
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