As I watched the tribute to Nelson Mandela at the sevens rugby tournament in Port Elizabeth I was reminded of something my late father who passed away two years ago told me.
When Mr. Mandela moved into his home in Houghton after being released from prison my father, who worked for Goldstein Building (now Group Five), undertook the renovation of his house. During this time he had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with “the old man” as he fondly called him.
One day Mr. Mandela came to him announcing that they intend changing the names of the official residences wanting to know what he though of it. My father’s reply was that as long as they don’t rename the Springboks he had no problem with the idea. I believe this coming from a white Afrikaans speaking South African made an impression and contributed to us having the proud Springbok symbol today for all South Africans to respect and honour.
May Louis Veldman and Nelson Mandela rest in peace.
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