PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Eric Koketso Shikobela
 
Comments: 0
Article views: 736
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Eric Koketso Shikobela's badges.
 

The footprint that changed a nation

06 July 2018, 09:23

Many years ago in Transkei in a small village of Mvezo in Qunu, something strange happened. Not only was it strange but it shook the whole village.

A woman named Nosekeni woke early in the morning to find a giant footprint in her yard. She was shocked to see such a footprint in her yard, it was so great that it even made a big hole where it had stepped.

She screamed in fear, calling to her husband, Mphakanyiswa, to come and see this wonder in their backyard. 

She was so loud that even neighbours came running wondering what was wrong. Everyone was shocked to see this great footprint.

The news of a giant footprint in the Mandela home ran as fast as lightining. The whole village of Mvezo, the neighbouring villages, the provinces, the nation, Africa and the whole world gathered to see this great wonder.

Everyone was astonished by this great sight and everyone had more questions than answers. Who does it belong to? How great is that person? And why a single footprint?

In life, every question has an answer, and every problem a solution. But none of these happen in our own time, but at the best time. 

It's now 100 years later since the footprint was found in Mvezo village. And every question is answered: It was the footprint of Nelson Mandela. The whole world knows today that it was his because the exact date when it was found was 18 July 1918.

Who could have thought that a small village could give birth to a world icon? Someone whose footprint changed our nation for the better and touched the whole world.

Nelson Mandela has left a great footprint in this life, a print of forgiveness, hope for a better South Africa, and love for fellow human beings. He took a long walk to free us from the oppressors and he emphasised several times that his footprint couldn't have been so great if fellow comrades didn't work collectively.

It was a footprint of giants, visionaries and fighters. They all knew that leadership is not a career, but a calling that comes with great responsibilities. Their footprint brought positive change in our nation. A footprint that we as South Africans can choose to step in and follow.

As South Africans we have a responsibility to make a difference in life, in our nation as a whole. We should learn from Mandela, that great things start small and simple, yet they come from a genuine heart full of passion and hope for a better future.

We should implement change from our homes to our communities, then the world will be a better place.

We all have something to offer, even your words of encouragement can help someone. Indeed, nothing is impossible when the heart is willing.

I quote Mandela: "It always seems impossible until it's done."

I believe he never thought his footprint would be so great, he was just trying to make a difference, and he ended up touching and changing the world. 

Let us all unite to make a positive footprint this Mandela day. Let us touch and change lives, one at time, and tomorrow the world will be a better place for all. Let us build a nation the next generation will thank us for, a future full of light and hope. A future we will all be proud of, our little footprints combined will be a great footprint that will match, the footprint of our late president.

Remember that footprints come in pairs, and we need to do our part and put our footprint next to the one in Mvezo, then the mission will be complete. South Africa, my motherland, can do better.

I quote Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Rafique Gangat
Abu Dhabi and Nelson Mandela: The...

I was tasked with preparing for the historic visit of President Nelson Mandela to Abu Dhabi, something I took on with great zeal and expectation.  Read more...

0 comments 411 views
Submitted by
MikeFraser
From Madiba with love

Thinking and reflecting on all these things, I realise that the one thing that makes Nelson Mandela so great is that he did the small, simple things in a great way. Read more...

0 comments 275 views
Submitted by
Tamba Temoindor Ngegba
An ode to Madiba

When the days were dark and untrue there was a man who stood up for you. He gave his all in all, so that the sky can become blue. Read more...

0 comments 219 views
Submitted by
Chris Kanyane
The Mandela dance, the Madiba mag...

There are many angles in which to enter the world of Nelson Mandela. One of those angles is the Mandela dance that South Africans have come to call the Madiba magic. Read more...

0 comments 460 views
Submitted by
Muhammed Zahid Jadwat
Continuing Mandela's legacy: 5 qu...

Mandela is the perfect example and role-model whom we may look up to if we want to achieve our goals. Read more...

0 comments 217 views
Submitted by
Gauta Komane
Codesa is not to blame for our fr...

In this 100th year since Nelson Mandela’s birth, it is advisable to interrogate the democratic breakthrough that he and the ANC leadership negotiated on our and posterity’s behalf.  Read more...

0 comments 398 views
 

services

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2018 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.