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By Lesiba Seshoka
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) learnt with sadness the sudden passing of its Honorary President and former President of the republic Nelson Mandela. Mandela who has throughout sacrificed and dedicated his life for the good of the people of South Africa and the world will be solely missed as a global icon, a peace maker and a freedom fighter of note.
As an Honorary President of the NUM, he has been an inspiration through and through and has on many occasions motivated Mineworkers to take education seriously as he believed that it is through it that their children will head mines.
"As we dip our banners and celebrate the life and times of this stalwart, it is time that as South Africans we reflect on the legacy he left behind and the future we have to craft for generations to come" says Frans Baleni, the NUM General Secretary.
South Africa is today poorer without him.
Mine, energy and construction workers pass their sincerest words of condolences to our great nation and to all who cared about its welfare.
Lesiba Seshoka- NUM National Spokesman- 0828036719.
Its birth was facilitated by comrades Cyril Ramaphosa who rose to be its first General Secretary, James Motlatsi who turned to be its first President, and Elijah Barayi who became its Vice President and later the President of Cosatu in 1985 when the federation was formed. porn