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UPDATE: Premier Smith & Hon. Fraser pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (right) has extended condolences to the people of South Africa and the rest of the world on the death of former President Nelson Mandela. Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA was the first to give tribute as he used the opportunity at his public meeting in Sea Cows Bay last evening, December 5, 2013 to express his sadness on the passing of Mr Mandela. Photo: VINO/File
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, Sunday, February 11, 1990. Photo: Business Insider
Nelson Mandela and wife Winnie, walking hand in hand, raise clenched fists upon his release from Victor prison, Cape Town, Sunday, February 11, 1990. Photo: Business Insider
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier of the Virgin Islands Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith has extended condolences to the people of South Africa and the rest of the world on the death of former President Nelson Mandela.

“The Government and people of the Virgin Islands join the world community in mourning the loss and remembering the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. It is a sad moment for all of us, and it is important that we celebrate his life, which has played a magnificent role in the development of world peace,” press release from Government Information Service (GIS) stated.

It further stated the Premier as saying that Mandela represents the best that humanity has to offer and that his light shone brightly in every corner of the world.

“As an elder of stature, he taught us how to forgive and reconcile; how to live with integrity and strength; how to be courageous and confident; and how to be humble and lead. More importantly, he taught us the importance of living in unity and harmony.”

Premier Smith said Mr Mandela has left us many lessons on how to be the best that we can be and it is now up to us to live out his legacy. “For me, I believe as he said, ‘A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. To his family, the people of the Republic of South Africa and to the world, we give our condolences and pay our deepest respects. We have lost a remarkable and extraordinary figure. Nelson Mandela has indeed left us with wonderful memories for a lifetime of reflection,” Premier Smith said.

Hon. Julian Fraser, RA gives his tribute

Meanwhile, Third District Representative Hon. Julian Fraser RA was the first to give tribute as he used the opportunity at his public meeting in Sea Cows Bay last evening, December 5, 2013 to express his sadness on the passing of Mr Mandela.

“The shirt I am wearing is a very simple shirt. In 2005 I went to South Africa and I decided to visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years as a prisoner. It's on a little island called Robin Island, so I bought the shirt. I thought it fitting that I wear it here tonight after learning of his passing this evening.”

Hon. Fraser added, “I spent the 70s and 80s in the United States and if you are around my age you would know that there were movements afoot in those days. You would remember him standing taller than life even for himself, so this evening on behalf of all the people of colour from around the world and all the people of Tortola and the rest of the Virgin Islands, I extend thanks to the people of South Africa for the life of Nelson Mandela and his dedication and contribution to the struggle against oppression. We mourn his death as we extend our condolences.”

See article posted December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Business Insider

Nelson Mandela has died today at the age of 95, according to South African President Jacob Zuma. His death marks the final chapter in a life that changed South Africa forever.

The former South African president had been suffering from a recurring lung infection, and the Daily Telegraph reports that his friends and family had gathered at his bed today. Zuma announced his death in a televised address to the nation.

Mandela's struggle was one of the defining stories of the 20th century. Trained as a lawyer, he became involved in politics after 1948 as South Africa moved into a system of racial apartheid. While initially espousing non-violent protests with the African National Congress (ANC), he eventually founded a militant organization and was behind a bombing campaign in the early 1960s. He was arrested and sentenced to life in prison in 1962.

Initially imprisoned in a 8 feet by 7 feet concrete cell with only a straw mat on which to sleep, Mandela's imprisonment soon became an international cause. He was eventually released on 2 February 1990 after intervention by President F. W. de Klerk.

Mandela became president of the ANC in 1991, and was elected president of South Africa in May 1994, a position in which he remained until 1999. During his time in office he led the dismantling of the apartheid system, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

Mandela is survived by his wife, Graça Machel, six children, and 17 grandchildren.

Mandela had been sick for a long time. Earlier this year, South Africa's Sunday Times ran a story on Mandela's illness under the headline "It's time to let him go."

36 Responses to “UPDATE: Premier Smith & Hon. Fraser pay tribute to Nelson Mandela”

  • Rastafari live (05/12/2013, 18:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a Great inspiration to the World spiritually he's Gonna live onnnnnnnn
    • janent williams (07/12/2013, 08:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am mourning to mark the passing of the late great South African leader Nelson Mandela.

  • rip (05/12/2013, 21:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    A great leader has passed on. Love Mandela RIP
    • wet well (08/12/2013, 22:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mandela! Rest in Peace and continue to inspire until the end of times. Thank you, Mandela.
  • DIVA (05/12/2013, 21:42) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    From prisoner to president; he was the epitome of a true statesman. Your memory will forever live in infamy. Rest in peace, Mr. President.
    • peace (07/12/2013, 01:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Diva -- I appreciate your intent, but please remember that our young people learn from us. Infamy has several meanings, none of them good.

      1. evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking, or brutal

      2a : an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act

      b : the state of being infamous

      Please take better care in choosing your words next time. Peace to Mr. Mandela, and peace to you.
      • @ peace (07/12/2013, 09:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Rest assured that his legacy will live on forever, we will continue his fight for all mankind
  • king (06/12/2013, 00:30) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no the world last standing real hero
  • cccc (06/12/2013, 00:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    a giant for justice has gone
  • black boy (06/12/2013, 01:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Every black person should be very sad
  • mother hen (06/12/2013, 01:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mandela was a hero for the people of African descent around the world.
  • farmer brown (06/12/2013, 01:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the ideal that the dignity of the human person was a God-given right that should never be denied or downtrodden.
  • peace (06/12/2013, 05:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lesson to learn - men of peace such as Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King Jnr., and Nelson Mandela, have left the greatest positive impact on this world with the greatest positive achievement for mankind.
  • gee (06/12/2013, 06:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A 5th form student at ESHS who did an ternship with us had no idea who Nelson Mandela is beyond being "the guy who was in prison somewhere" ..... SAD.

    RIP Madiba .... One o the greatest individual this world has produced over the last 2 centuries.
  • rattie (06/12/2013, 06:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a sad day for South Africa and the entire world
  • SABVI (06/12/2013, 07:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    A truly sad day but his quest will live on for ever. Let's hope all nationalities, especially South Africans in the BVI stop and pause for a few moments. Somewhere today.
  • africa (06/12/2013, 09:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nelson Mandela

    A name that will stand live on, through out the test of time. This man fought for what was right and even though he was imprisoned for over 20 years the walked out holding his head high and became the President with a compassionate heart.

    Yes he will be missed but will never be forgot. Don't cry for his departure but remember his achievements.
  • Black Beauty (06/12/2013, 10:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nelson Mandela, who led South Africa from apartheid to democracy, was a humble, eloquent and inspirational figure who advocated peace, democracy and human rights. R.I.P. Mandela - you have left your mark around the world.
  • way (06/12/2013, 11:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    he give us hope and wisdom
  • Teacher (06/12/2013, 11:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    His legacy will not only live on in everything that has been named after him, the books, the images, the movies.
  • bay yute (06/12/2013, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    what the ndp need to learn is; the elder statesman inspired people to forgive, reconcile, care, be selfless, tolerant, and to maintain dignity no matter what the circumstances.
  • fact check (06/12/2013, 15:05) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    I keep loving deeds guys photo together the incoming and out going Premier
    • keep to topic (08/12/2013, 22:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mandella is greatness personified. God bless him and may we all learn from him the values of dignity, the power of forgiveness and beauy of reconciliation.

    • elsah (11/12/2013, 13:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are a fool we talking about one thing you speaking something else. I see where you had problem in school
  • ann (06/12/2013, 15:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    An extraordinary and effective world leader is in heaven RIP
  • @@@@@@@ (06/12/2013, 15:52) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is ralph he playing he leader and where is Myron he likes to be in ting
  • WC (06/12/2013, 20:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP LEADER MADEVA YOU CHNAGED THE WORLD
  • AC 360 (07/12/2013, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The bvi has no nelson Mandela and it seems we would not have one anytime soon
  • Shara Parlin (07/12/2013, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mandela is one of the greatest human to have ever lived. His life and fight for human rights inspire the world, we are blessed to have such a person live in our time.
  • black boy (07/12/2013, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I suggest a statue of Mr. Mandela at Noel Lylod P A Movement Park
  • wise up (07/12/2013, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    where is the leader of the VIP; as a matter of fact who is the leader of the VIP:
  • leader (07/12/2013, 10:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    IF you na see by now Fraser the leader of the VIP you must be asleep or on sometin
    • wise up (08/12/2013, 06:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      to leader; thanks for the infromation because i keep seeing frase speaking on matters that are hurting the BVI-People and NO Ralph Oneal !!!!!????
  • qqqqqqqqqqqq (08/12/2013, 22:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you, Mr Mandela for leaving a legacy of tolerance and forgiveness, South Africa is much better because of you. Your life is an inspiration......



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