The Forum of South African Directors-General (FOSAD) learnt with profound sadness of the passing away of Former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. This was on the eve of the last day of the FOSAD Planning Workshop, held in preparation for the last Extended Cabinet Meeting (Lekgotla) of this current administration.
At this trying and difficult moment, FOSAD members share the loss, sadness and pain that has descended on the Mandela Family and all South Africans who were touched by the death of this great statesman. Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife, Graca Machel, his family, our great nation and the entire world. Even though we all know that death is the inevitable end to life in this world, the loss of an elder is always felt more deeply, removing as it does the pillar of stability and strength.
FOSAD members will forever remember Madiba, the founding father of our democratic system of government, as a Great Man, a Great Leader and a Great Father of the Nation. His wisdom, compassion and humility will continue to be an inspiration for generations to come.
It is our prayer that the Mandela Family and all South Africans will derive comfort and strength from the long and fulfilled years Madiba spent with them during his life-time. May your pain be lightened by the knowledge that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Rest in peace Madiba, Zondwa, Yemyem, Ngqolomsila, Dlomo.