Is Table Mountain Symbolic To The Mandela Spirit

Great Guesthouse Kalk Bay Cape Town

“During the many years of incarceration on Robben Island, we often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain. To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” – Nelson Mandela, 1998

Mandela Quotes

To me Table Mountain is symbolic to the Mandela spirit. The spirit that’s in all of us. We sometimes (most times) forget that we share the same Spirit.

“I really can understand how, when God created all that there is, he said, ‘I think I’ve got to do something special here’. And so God produced this fantastic gateway in the south – Table Mountain – our mountain, what a wonder!” –Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 2011

“Table Mountain is the defining visual icon of Cape Town and South Africa. It has been the backdrop to the unfolding of South African history.” – FW de Klerk, 2011

Backdrop to the unfolding of South African history……..Interesting. Now with the physical body of Mandela coming an end we are all reminded of the unfolding history.

Cape Town Table Mountain

 

And all we can do is share a small flower with the man who gave us hope. Mandela. And Table Mountain will always remind us of you.

I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for, and to see realised. But my Lord, if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Nelson Mandela, defence statement during the Rivonia Trial, 1964. Also repeated during the closing of his speech delivered in Cape Town on the day he was released from prison 27 years later, on 11 February 1990.

 

 


June 24, 2013

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