Johannesburg - Former president Nelson Mandela single-handedly put the country on the map, SA Tourism said on Friday, after the announcement that Mandela died on Thursday night at his Houghton, Johannesburg. He said Mandela opened up South Africa, once a pariah state, to the rest of the world and his name alone attracted millions of tourists to the country. "We are deeply saddened at Nelson Mandela's passing. We extend our condolences to his family and pray that they will be comforted during this sad time. "Madiba held a special place in our hearts and knowing that Table Mountain shone like a beacon during his years of incarceration on Robben Island filled us with immense pride, but also with sadness, that a man of his stature had to sacrifice so much, so that all of South Africa could be free. We salute you Madiba for everything you did for us. And, for generations to come, as our visitors stare out across Table Bay toward Robben Island they will remember the sacrifices you made for our country." The South African Rugby Union posted this tribute to Madiba.