SANParks mourns Mandela

2013-12-07 11:05
A poster outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, in Johannesburg. (GCIS, Sapa)

A poster outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton, in Johannesburg. (GCIS, Sapa)

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Mourners sing for Mandela

2013-12-07 09:39

Scores gathered outside Nelson Mandela's Houghton home to honour Madiba. Listen to their songs and tributes here.WATCH

Johannesburg - SA National Parks (SANParks) joined the world in mourning the death of world icon Nelson Mandela, it said on Friday.

"It is befitting to pass our heartfelt condolences to Madiba's family and the country as a whole," CEO David Mabunda said in a statement.

Mabunda said former president Mandela had played a significant role in the formation of the Transfrontier Conservation Area concept, and had personally agreed to be a special patron of the Peace Parks Foundation.

The foundation led to the establishment of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.

The area links the Kruger National Park in South Africa, the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique, the Gonarezhou National Park, Manjini Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, and the Makuleke region of South Africa.

"Nelson Mandela, speaking at the handover of 1 000 elephants on the border between South Africa and Mozambique in 2001, said in a world beset by division, he knows of no philosophy or ideology that does not agree with the Peace Park concept," said Mabunda.

Mandela said at the time: "It promises to bring a better life to some of the poorest citizens of southern Africa. In many ways the project is a demonstrable manifestation of the African Renaissance."

Mabunda recalled Mandela saying that the elephants were part of his "lobola" after he married Graca Machel.

"Our deepest condolences go to the Mandela family and every single South African in this dark hour," he said.

"May we all be reminded of the sacrifices that Madiba made in shaping the future of our country."

Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg, on Thursday night, at the age of 95.

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