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Posted on 2013-12-09

The Burnham Foundation wishes to express its condolences to the family of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the African National Congress (ANC) and the people and Government of South Africa at this time of sadness caused by the passing of the iconic Mr. Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela is the African leader who by his ideas and actions has put death to many of the myths perpetuated about African leaders. His manifest ability to reconcile, having been persecuted by the apartheid regime; his decision to retire from public life when his power was not challenged or in question; and his management and fostering of a democratic and transparent society have made humanity and Africans in particular, where ever they are proud and provides the governance paradigm to which all can aspire.
The respect Mandela has gain internationally is in large measure due to his courage, clarity of vision, ability to adopt without being opportunist, uncompromising when necessary, concern for the poor, the promotion of a South Africa in which all people are treated as equal and enjoy equality of opportunity and his statesman like leadership when he progressed from political prisoner to President. It is these qualities that caused him to emerge as the moral compass of the world and the beacon of justice and fair play.
Guyana has always held Nelson Mandela and the African Liberation struggle in high regard. It is this respect and belief in the just cause of Mandela and the people of Southern Africa that caused the PNC to led government, and the people of Guyana under the leadership of Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham to unequivocally support the struggles of the peoples of Southern Africa for liberation.
Guyana’s organization of a signature campaign demanding the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, its granting of financial and other forms of support to the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, the hosting of conferences in solidarity with the people of Southern Africa, Guyana’s active advocacy and support for the people of Southern Africa in numerous international fora and Guyana’s critical role in permitting Cuban planes to refuel on their way to Angola to be part of the critical battle of Cuito Cunavalle, where that changed the tide in favour of the liberation forces in Southern Africa, are clear illustrations of Guyana’s support for the peoples of Southern Africa.
It is against the back drop of the foregoing that the Burnham Foundation joins Mandel's family, the ANC, the Government and people of South Africa in mourning the loss of this great human being. His passing creates a lacuna that will be very difficult to fill. The physical being of Nelson Mandela will be no more. His vision for a just South Africa lives and serves as the light to guide all humanity on to the path of peace, love, justice and prosperity.

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