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Jemma Thorpe

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Jemma grew up on a farm in the Midlands Meander in Kwa-Zulu Natal and studied at the University of Cape Town. With little bush experience but with many hours of au pairing, teaching English and forming a love for travel, Jemma found herself ...

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Our visit to the Robben Island Museum was a very emotional experience for us as we truly learned the unfortunate circumstances under which Madiba was forced to live for 27 years. Perhaps his inauguration specch should be made required reading for elected officials everywhere.

nelson Mandela was indeed one of the greatest personalities, leaders and statesmen the world has known. And one of the very rare personalities of entirely integer character. Lots of so-called world leaders nowadays should take him as a model.

My wish is that every human on Earth could view this wonderful video and take heed of the words and vision of Nelson Mandela – one of the most remarkable people to have ever lived.

What a beautiful birthday tribute to a man that initially paved the way for my first visit to RSA. Christmas, 1995, I boarded a flight from the US to begin a journey that I initially thought was to be another holiday. It changed my life and I’m happy to say I’ve since returned over a half dozen times. Whilst life is different in other parts of the country, when I’m within the boundaries of Londolozi, I truly feel Ubuntu. I believe it was Roxy creating the amazing portrait of Mandela as Boyd spoke and I thank her for bringing life to an ink drawing. Masterful as always!

Thank you for this post! I am currently reading Long Walk to Freedom, and it is on the recommended reading list for the 15 of us coming in November. Today, I worked on US legislation that would protect animals, including the reduction of wildlife trafficking from Africa. Tomorrow, some of us are meeting with the staff of our two Senators and I am getting prepared for that. Without our fellow creatures, humans are nothing. Without honoring the connectivity of South Africa and the US, people and elephants, lions, and pangolins, citizens of all colors and creeds…we cannot fulfill Mandela’s dream.

Such an inspirational and informative blog Jemma. What a powerful inauguration speech Nelson Mandela gave. Thank you. My 67 minutes in service to others today will be spent (with a small group of other ladies) knitting rugs, scarves and beanies to send to Syria.

Beautiful blog, great pics and love the video. He was a great man, the likes of whom will never come again. Thanks for sharing this with us – thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jemma, What a beautiful post… The video is really special and it was so nice to hear Boyd’s voice!!

Truly a great man! Thanks Jemma.

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