Mandela....Academic and Engineering Job Opportunities for the week ending 13 December 2013

Ladies and gentlemen,

It is barely three weeks to the end of the year. Last week saw an international outpouring of grief over the death of Nelson Rohlila Mandela a global icon of forgiveness and reconciliation. So much has been said about this great African and Nobel Prize winner that it would be futile for me to say any more. Therefore this weeks blog will pass on a few of his own quotes and a few words from current world leaders and then finally a searing question.

In Mandela's Words

"As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew that if I did not leave bitterness and hatred behind, I would still be in prison".

 "It always seems impossible until it is done!".

"If you want to make peace with your enemy then you have to work with your enemy then he becomes your partner"

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid but he who conquers that fear".

"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter. I have made missteps along the way. But i have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. However I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended".

In Others Words

“Mandela will always be remembered and honoured by all mankind as one of its greatest liberators, a wise, courageous and compassionate leader, and an icon of true democracy. His passing will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent”- Dr Goodluck Jonathan (President of Nigeria)
“Madiba transformed South Africa and moved all of us. His journey from a prisoner to a president embodied the promise that human beings and countries can change for the better. His commitment to transfer power and reconcile with those who jailed him set an example all humanity should aspire to, whether in the lives of nations or our own personal ones. I cannot imagine my own life without Mandela’s example and so long as I live I will do what I can to learn from his example. He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages”- Mr Barack Obama (US President)
“Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. What made him great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves and in him we saw so much of ourself”- Mr Jacob Zuma (President of South Africa)
“A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero of our time. I’ve asked for the flat ag No.10 to be flown at half-mast”- David Cameron (UK Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party)
“The world has lost the inspirational figure of our age. Nelson Mandela taught people across the globe the true meaning of courage, strength, hope and reconciliation” – Ed Milliband (Leader of the UK Labour Party).
“Mr Mandela was a remarkable man”-Bill Gates (Microsoft Founder)

My Question
Many leaders and commentators eulogise Mandela. They have extolled his forthrightness in the struggle against injustice, but do they perpetrate social injustice against their people? They celebrate Mandela as a selfless leader but how many are accumulating obscene wealth at their countries expense? Some have praised Mandela for uniting South Africa but do they sow seeds of ethnic and religious hate in their countries?

This is about education and scholarships so here we have it. Last lap before 2014.

Now is the time to go for educational freedom.