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Dear Mr Mandela ...

Welcome to the official Nelson Mandela 85th Birthday Message Book, page 8

Nelson Mandela turned 85 on 18 July 2003 - and you, and you, and you ... sent him 17 842 birthday messages via the official Mandela 85th Birthday website.

A selection of your messages has been published in this Book. See the box on the right for the full list of pages.

Halala tata we sizwe! you continue to inspire the world, but please rest more.
Rob and Penny Haswell
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Dear Tata Mandela, Wishing you a wonderful 85th birthday, and may God continue to hold you in the palm of his hand. Thank you for your leadership and for inspiring each and every citizen of not only South Africa but of the world.
City of Johannesburg - IT Department
Johannesburg, South Africa

Happy Birthday, Nelson Mandela. May the Almighty grant you health, strength and another 85 years with us, your family and friends. Have a wonderful day. With warm best wishes.
Shanaaz & Monieb Samuels & Kids: Riyahd (14) and Imraan (10)
Zeekoevlei, Cape Town

Happy Birthday "Tata" may you see many many more "No one will ever match you" Ur the best thing that ever happened to Africa and South Africa to be precise.
Patrick Ntuta
Thokoza, South Africa

Our wish to you Madiba is a very, very blessed and special time with all your loved ones and to enjoy and make time for a bit of reading. You are so special and dear to us and we all love you very dearly. Please look after yourself and while you look after yourself we know that we will be safe in south africa. This is a special wish from corrie and nadia haarhoff xxxxxx we love you madiba xxxxxx
Corrie Haarhoff
Despatch, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Today is the day to complete what you worked towards yesterday And a wonderful, new opportunity to Achieve what you dream to accomplish tomorrow. Happy Birthday Tata
Matthew Seko
Danville, Pretoria West, South Africa

Happy Birthday to you!! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to Mandela, Happy Birthday to you!! hope you have a wonderful day and many more! thank you for all that you have done in our beautiful country South Africa.
Julia Thornton
London, UK

Ntate ya ratehang If my life and age were transferable, I wouldn't hesitate to give them to you as a birthday present. You deserve presents like these. Kgotso le mahlohonolo ha di o atele.
'Nake Mofokeng
Pretoria, South Africa

Mandela, baie geluk met jou verjaarsdag. Mag die Here jou seŽn en nog jare spaar.
Ria van Kraayenburg
Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Happy Birthday Sir. Thank you.
Alan Pedley
Australia

Dear Mr President (I still refer to you as President)! I wish you a very happy birthday, as I am having my birthday on the same day! I am turning 30! On the 02 of August 2003 I am going to visit Robben Island. I thing I am going to shed a tear! But please, no tears on Friday, it is going to be a happy day! I guess tears of joy are in order! I just know that I am going to meet you one fine day! Regards
Amanda van Taak
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Dumela Tata. Ke o kopela mahlohonolo a bophelo bo botelele, bo senang mahlaba. Modimo a re baballele wena. Ke ya leboha. Ke nna Themba le lelapa la hae kaofela.
Themba Zotwane
Roodepoort, South Africa

Oil and perfume rejoice your heart. Madiba, u are our rainbow ... let me sing the song 4 your birthday "HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAKHULU WASHU", I will b turning 25 on the 20th of JULY. I'm on the way 2 your years (GOD BLESS U).
Mudua Andries
SHESHE

What a blessing for me to have lived to see you reach 85.Happy birthday Tata, you deserve many more but how I wish when you actually retire that every ordinary South African will have access to basic needs. You have brought light to a darker continent and you continue to do that. Long Live Tata Long Live. I cannot say it much better. You are a blessing to the whole world. Happy Birthday
Thandi Haya
Cape Town, South Africa

Mag die Skepper U oorvloedig seen. U is n inspirasie vir ons almal. Van al die personeel by Pat McClure Properties.
Susan Bekker
Marlands, Germiston, South Africa

South Africa was blessed the day you were born. Happy birthday & may you see many more! We love you!!
Itumeleng Morakile
Tembisa, South Africa

Molo tata ube nelanga elimnandi kutsho mna kunye nabazali bam itsuku zakho inga zinganda zingapheli emhlabeni.enkosi tata
Bongiwe Sobhudula
Bertrams, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ireland Loves U, Happy Birthday!
Superfly
Ireland

Happy Birtday Tata, Madiba. You are my hero, icon, and reference point. I am proud of being a South African. I was born 2 days after you (20 July 1965), making me a Cancerian - caring, leader, frank, nonpretentious and intuitive like you. God Bless you each day, henceforth.
Bonga Zungu
Sunninghill, Johannesburg, South Africa

The people have spoken. You are the man. Happy happy birthday. Ukhule ukhokhobe
Abner Phungula
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Wishing you many more years of good health, happiness and laughter. You are a living legend and I am so proud to have shook your hand once - many years ago!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Nazly Gabier
Johannesburg, South Africa

Madiba all the best and many many more! You are the love of my life and Gracia is a very lucky lady Lots of love
Denise Breytenbach
Woodmead Manor, Johannesburg, South Africa

Greetings Madiba. Have a super birthday. You are an inspiration not only to South Africa but to people all over the world.
Philip Nottingham
Johannesburg, South Africa

Dear Madiba, We wish that God could spare you for another 85 years. You are a truly awesome and inspiring man. God Bless you on your birthday.
Sandy Almond & Heidi Willows
Pretoria, South Africa

In 1977, aged 6, at the Durban Beach Front, I was ridiculed, insulted & chased away for being the "Mandela Seed" at the "Whites Only" territory. My white friends who'd taken me there for my "first swim" snubbed: "If he changes the colour of the water (sea), we shall accept indemnity or send him to Robben Island to Mandela. Their pleas were worthless & I was chased away. At the time I didn't know who Mandela was & upon arrival at home I questioned my gran who snapped on me that I must not mention that name and enquired where I got it from. That triggered curiosity and quest about Mandela. I discovered the truths. When the Beachfront was opened in 1989 for the first time for all the people, "The Mandela Seed" was there to glorify the occasion, and knew that Mandela was coming home soon too. I'm proud to have been called the Mandela Seed, while I was flying you were the air under my wings. Therefore, I take this opportunity to wish you a Splendid & Seedy Mandela Birthday.
From your seed
Bongani Manjanja
Matatiele, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Best wishes for a happy and healthy 85th birthday. I read the speech you made at your treason trial when it was doing the rounds in my very white, rather reactionary high school as contraband - and I remember thinking "I could live in a country like that!", never for a moment believing that I would ever be blessed to see such a wonderful thing happen. God bless!
Jennifer and Simone Smith
Parktown, Johannesburg

O gole o gole o fete tlou! A Modimo a go abele dingwaga tse di fetang mo, kana basha ba tlhoka motho yo tshwanang le wena Rremogolo wa rona!!!
Tioyaone
Mafikeng, North West Province, South Africa

Happy Birthday Nelson, you are a great man! It would be nice if more political leaders in this world would follow in your footsteps. We really need it. Happy Birthday!
Yvo Tettamanti
Switzerland

Happy Birthday Nelson! You have done the South African people proud and you have been a very good Christian. Everyone the world over cannot comprehend why you have such a good personality after everything that you have been through, but I think I know why. You love everyone and life, therefore you will always succeed! Without love, we cannot conquer anything. I hope we can all learn to love as you have. May God bless you on your birthday! Lots of love,
Tanya Hibbert
Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa

Madiba. You are a daily inspiration to people who still value the principles of truth, integrity and democracy. Your stewardship has been an example in benevolent leadership. Have a fantastic birthday!
Celicia Serenata
Pretoria, South Africa

Madiba, wishing you joy and peace on your birthday and in the years to come. You have blessed our country and deserve the greatest blessings in return.
Shelagh
Orange Grove, Johannesburg, South Africa

Many happy returns, you are a jolly good fellow.
Thami Mahlangu
Gauteng

Have a WONDERFUL Day BIG MAN May u c many MORE. YOUR wisdom is AFRICA`s GREATEST ASSET...WE THANK GOD FOR WHO YOU ARE....
Neville Daniels
Kempton Park, South Africa

Happy birthday, Madiba. May you see many more. Nothing will be like you, nothing will obliterate your memory from our minds. Have a glorious day!
Mpho and Tim Smart
Norfolk, England

Happy birthday TATA. I am lucky to have been born in your era. You are the living legend. God bless you with more living years.
Oupa Moabelo
Germiston, South Africa

I am proud to be a South African because of your major contribution to our Freedom, I thank you very much, you mean so much to South Africans.
Lwando Xaso
Bramley, Johannesburg, South Africa

As we celebrate this important day in your life, we also understand that we should never in our lives allow our memories to forget your noble contribution to our liberation struggle. Our country which was hated by progressive nations of the world is now enjoying a comfort seat in the family of nations, this and more are owed to your commitment to the process of nation building. Happy Birthday Father of our nation.
Ramashia Richardt
Limpopo, University of the north, South Africa

Happy birthday Mr Mandela, may God bless you, and may you see many, many more years.
East London
Jerry Windvogel

Happy birthday TATA, you are our inspiration. I would just like to share this short message with you. My mother-in-law who was born on 18 August 1918, she always gets very excited on your birthday, she always says: "Tata ke thaka yaka, re fetana ka kgwedi feela." On her behalf, many many returns!!!
Magagane Weneky
Naturena, Gauteng, South Africa

Baie Geluk met u verjaarsdag Madiba. Mag u 'n wonderlike verjaarsdag he! Dankie dat u so goed is vir ons land en sy mense.
Marius De Wet
Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Happy Birthday Tata Madiba. Well wishes from me and my son, and I would like to wish you a happy and joyous day in your life. Live life to the fullest and enjoy every bit of it. O khule Tata.
Johanna
Pretoria, South Africa

Many Happy Returns to a wonderful Man and Leader. You are an Inspiration to the world and may the rest of your years be the happiest time of your life!
Meryl Dyssel
Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa

Madiba, Ukhule Ungakhokhobi. Happy Birthday.
Khaya Makinana
Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Hope you have a lekker day ... lots of sweets, cake and ice cream ... love you.
Keegan Messeur
Ennerdale, Gauteng, South Africa

God bless you and may you have many more wonderful birthdays.
Dan Reddy
Shallcross, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Birthday Greetings Madiba! From the family of Sam Kahn.
Pauline Kahn
London, UK

No nation could ask for a greater leader! Ours is a fortunate generation, to have been led by someone so compassionate, and so committed to addressing injustice. Viva Madiba!
Chris
Johannesburg, South Africa

Mina-nga-vota. I'm still gonna vote. Viva!! Tata Viva!! Long live the spirit of Madiba, Long live and you must see many more years to come. Happy birthday Mandela!
Bra-Sicelo
Jabulani, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

To a true father for the nation, May u have a blessed birthday and many many more wonderful divine days ahead of you, U are a remarkable person and a real true living hero.
Lalisha
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

Dear Tata, words cannot express the love and respect we feel for u in this country. You are truly one of the greatest people that ever walked this earth. We thank God for blessing us with a man like u. U sacrifised a lot for us to be where we are today. We really appreciate you. Happy birthday!! May u see many more ...
Lethabo Monyeki
Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Happy birthday Tata Mandela. May our Good God bless you on your birthday and bless you with days and many years to come. You are my HERO Tata Mandela. Thank you.
Rudzani
Mondeor, Johannesburg, South Africa

Thobela Holihlahla Mandela!! Mahlatse le mahlogonolo. O sware o tiise, Morena a go boloke ge o swara megwaga e masome seswai tlhano.
Mahlatse Bopape
Groblesdal, Leeufontein, South Africa

Happy Birth Tat' omkhulu, may the God of Peace Bless and Keep you for may years to come. I hope and pray that our generation can produce a hero like u. Happy Birthday Yem-yem.
Lwando Mdekazi
Cape Town, South Africa

Happy Birthday Madiba! We look forward to many more in the years to come. Your spirit provides a map that will lead all of us South Africans into a promising future. Thank you for your ability to give to all of us - black, white, Zulu, Afrikaner, Xhosa ... everybody. You make all of us that meet, see or hear you feel special! You are the glue that binds us all together! With warmest regards.
Erik van Heerden
Pretoria, South Africa

Min'emnandi Tat'u Madiba. Your vision, determination and sacrifices made us realise our dreams. You are the greatest man I've ever heard and read about. Ukhule ungakhokhobi.
Sibusiso Nodwengu
Johannesburg, South Africa

NAMESKAR. TATA, my family and I wish you a very Happy Birthday and by the Grace of God, may you see many many more. You are such an inspiration to all.
Anil Nathoo
Lenasia, Gauteng, South Africa

Happy birthday Madiba, may God bless you in your 85th birthday. Longlive Madiba longlive. We are still looking for your good ideas here in SA. Thanks!!
Tjale MF
Madiga, Polokwane Municipality, South Africa

Happy birthday Papa Madiba, I hope God can still extend His almighty arm for your existence on earth, coz you are an inspiration to everyone I know. O gole; o gole Madiba, o kake Tlou, Tshukudu e be moshimane!!!!
Ntsane 'Mphela' Kgasago
The Reeds (Centurion), Pretoria, South Africa

Dear Mr Mandela, I am more than happy to hear that you turn 85 years old today. Going through your political history one must know that you are a true African. In view of this I wish you more years ahead, but I am very sorry that you missed your best man, the Late Mr Walter Sisulu, may his soul rest in peace. Long Live Mandiba.
Cleopatra Ogumka Onudbia
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US

Happy happy happy birthday to my greatest inspiration Mr Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela - I pray to God that there are a lot of good years for you to do what you do best! SPEAKING YOUR HEART OUT! I love you!
Elvin Rodgesh Esterhuysen
Johannesburg, South Africa

Dankie vir die hoop, vrede en vreugde wat u vir ons lewens bring. Gelukkige verjaarsdag. Bly nog lank met ons!
Riana Venter
Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Happy birthday, Madiba ... May God give you many more years to live ... your presence gives me a smile on my face. Keep up your good work.
Eleanor Kaunda
Johannesburg, South Africa

Well done, 85 not out!!! Keep on going.
Debbie
Cape Town, South Africa

As you roar ahead of your 85th birthday, Madiba, take time to reflect on what we as a people have achieved. Close your eyes for a minute from your busy schedule and relax. I hope you should also tell Thabo (SA President) to take some time off his busy schedule and relax for a minute. Although I will never get the opportunity to meet you, I will definitely become a Nelson Mandela Scholar one day in honour of what you have done for humanity and what we have made you to be. Ukhule ungakhokhobi, for many more years to come.
Loyiso Langeni
Johannesburg, South Africa

Happy birthday Mr Mandela. May GOD bless you and grant you everything your heart desires. You were and still are a great inspiration to all of us. May you have many more.
James Adriaanse
Kraaifontein, Cape Town, South Africa

Your life is like an interesting book. Once you start reading, you cannot stop. May you enjoy your remaining years.
Babalwa
Idutywa, South Africa

Happy Birthday Madiba! Ke Nako. May your days be filled with joy and prosperity as you grow older.
Reuben Stalin Setshedi
Pretoria, South Africa

Happy Birthday Tata Madiba! Always my pillar of Strength! Long-Live! Madiba! O Gole O Lekane Le Tlou!!
Kgogedi L Matshaba
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Molo Tata, I wish you a joyful birthday and life long happiness! Thank you for bringing peace to our country and making such a huge difference. We all love you and thank the Almighty for you. Live Long, You are a true hero.
Nosipho
Orlando East, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

Geluk met u 85ste verjaardag "Madiba". Ek het net die grootste respek vir u. As almal in Suid-Afrika u eienskappe gehad het, het ons in 'n paradys gewoon! Hoop u het 'n wonderlike dag en mag u verder net geluk, liefde en vrede beleef! God seŽn u. Liefde.
Liana Ludick
South Africa

Many happy returns of the day! Wishing you good health and happiness always.
Laurina Khan
Cape Town, South Africa

It's been a long walk to freedom but God has blessed u with 85 yrs full of health, wisdom and many happy returns. Enjoy your day and keep up the good work!! God bless u.
NF Mcata
Edenvale, South Africa

Dr (Tata) Madiba, u are the best creature GOD has blessed South Africa and the world as a whole with. Wish u many more years to live in this world cos u are very much needed. "Happy birthday Khehla le South Africa".
Collin
Durban, South Africa

Happy Birthday Tata Madiba, you are a true leader, your thoughts are my thoughts. May you see many more years to come 'cause your spirit lives in all humans around the globe. I adore you Father, Long Live RN Mandela - We love you.
Mduduzi
Ntuzuma Township, KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

I don't know you from a bar of soap, I have only seen you on tv and newspapers but you are the most loved and respected man over the world, just like Princess Diana, you creep deep into the hearts of the nations all over the world. Enjoy your birthday and may you be blessed through all eternity.
Mary Phillips
Goodwood, Cape Town

Your positive energy, enthusiasm, and passion for all things South African have shown me that I have a greater purpose to serve in this world. Have a wonderful 85th birthday. May you be blessed with peace and love around you and thank you for being an inspiration to so many of us. O gole, o gole ntatemogolo!
Lesego Morulane
Lyndhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa

Nelson, I salute you, you are my hero, you are my lighthouse. May the GRACE of God Almighty, the One who designed your heart, REST upon your life on your 85th Birthday until He calls you home. May your youth be renewed like the eagle's. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. NDI A VHA FUNA (I love you).
Boy Nemakonde
Habegwa, Limpopo, South Africa

Mr Mandela. My birthday wish to you is that you will have a wonderful day. A day shared with friends and family.
Trixie de Beer
Gauteng, South Africa

Happy Birthday to a true born leader. Have a beautiful year.
Freddie Bowers
Cape Town, South Africa

Molo Tata! Siyakhubulisa. Minemnandi kuwe! You are a magnificent creature of power and beauty. We thank you for blessing Africa and the world with your presence. Dankie vir die lig wat u in ons almal se harte laat brand - happy birthday!
Jessie and Zunelle
South Korea (otherwise Transkei and Bloemfontein, South Africa)

Molo Tatu Madiba. People like U are rare to find and it will take the Nation a while to find someone like U. Happy Birthday Madiba and may U have many more years to come, We still need U.
Simphiwe Gavin Ngada
Cape Town, South Africa

You are proof that God has a purpose in every one of us. Best Wishes and happy birthday. Mudzimu a vha shudufhadze, a vha farise u swikelela ndivho yawe nga vhone. Keep the smile, it brings joy to many. Ndaa!
Ndivhuho Raphulu
Lwamondo, South Africa

Here's to 85 years of giving, inspiring, teaching and loving not only South Africa, but the rest of the world... Much Love.
Fikile Nkambule
Johannesburg, South Africa

Happy birthday Baba Madiba. May the Lord God keep on blessing you.
Cecilia Dlamini
Tokoza, Alberton, South Africa

Happy birthday Madiba. I wish you a wonderful day on your birthday.
David Boloka
Johannesburg, South Africa

Happy Birthday, former President, Nelson Mandela. You have worked hard for the realisation of a democratic South Africa. You have taught many South African politicians to understand the concept: Peace. We will always be grateful for the sacrifices you have made for our country. We also thank you for allowing a smooth Presidential Transition within our ANC and our country. Most African Presidents have failed in that. Your support for children, education and the poor will continue to bless you with many years of life! May the God of the Human Race bless you with 15 years more so that you may see our democracy strengthening and because without you our country may go back to the unspeakable chaos. Happy Birthday icon of Peace!
Sicelo SS Mdletshe
Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Happy bithday to you Mr President. To me you have been a king among men and a divinity among humans. Thank you.
Arnesh Telukdarie
Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Dear Madiba, Many happy returns! Your love and forgiveness are such a wonderful example to us (but so hard to practise!)
Lesley Rhynas, Daniel, Conal and Sean
Weltevreden Park, Gauteng, South Africa

Your determination encourages me a lot. Have a wonderful birthday Nelson Mandela, you'll always remain loved by Ugandans.
Abbo Jacqueline
Kampala, Uganda

Have a great day from the boys at James and Slabbert.
Gordon Slabbert
Gauteng, South Africa

Happy Birthday, Madiba! South Africa is my second home and you have contributed to that. Thank you so much for everything that you have done for your wonderful country. You are the inspiration for so many people around the world.
Monika
Leipzig, Germany

Hello tata, what more can we ask from God, imagine all the people in the world having the heart like yours, what a wonderful world it could be. I feel lucky to share my birthday with you. Enjoy it.
Mpho Mokgatle
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

I'm no beauty like Naomi Campbell, really I'm quite plain
But if I don't get to meet you soon, I could go insane
My feet don't kick a ball like Beckham the star
But to meet you I would travel from afar.
What I do is try to help South Africans unite
I teach them respect and help them to fight
For a country free of hatred, discrimination and greed
Help them to understand what it is that we need
You have inspired me for so many years
You have helped to dispel my many fears
You are my hero and a father to our nation
Oops and Happy Birthday, I better not forget to mention.
Perhaps I will never, ever get to hug you myself
And I will have to put my dreams of meeting you on the shelf
But rest assured that I will continue your work every day
In developing our country, our magical SA.
Brigitte Brun
Durban, South Africa

Madiba, baie geluk met jou verjaardag. Ek is bly God het jou vir 85 jaar gespaar om soveel vir jou medemens te beteken. Ek hoop om eendag soveel van menswees te verstaan soos jy. Vrede, liefde, vergifnis en die gemeenskap is mos maar waaroor dit eintlik gaan!
Bennie Botha
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa

Dear Mr Mandela, I have the greatest respect for you and I want to take this oppertunity to not only wish you a happy birthday, but also THANK YOU for everything you've done for me and this country. You are a real inspiration for this nation and my greatest wish is to meet you one day. Enjoy your day and GOD bless.
Tanya Miseroole
Grassy Park, Cape Town, South Africa

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TATA MADIBA!!! You are an inspiration to all of us. God sent you to make us learn that Hatred ceases not by hatred but by LOVE, that we must return love for hatred and love our enemies. YOU: you speak lovingly, you act lovingly and you have served this world soooo lovingly. GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!
Zanele Nxumalo
KwaMashu, Durban, South Africa

Happy Birthday Tata! May you see many more as you continue to inspire South Africa and the rest of the world.
Khomotso R Masapu
Pretoria, South Africa

Re phelele Ntate Madiba. Gore otle ofe bana bohlale bjo onang le bona. Ke a leboga go Ke gone go bona sebaka se ke leng go sona. Ke bone Monna yo bohlale ga kaka. Modimo a be le wena. Matswalo a tletseng lethabo, lerato le senang selekano. Love you lots.
Pitsi Langa
Pretoria, South Africa

TATA May your day be peaceful and beautiful.
Biki Monyeki
Sunnyside, Pretoria, South Africa

Happy Birthday Mandela. May the Lord bless you more abundantly, and keep you for us. We thank the Almighty for giving us you.
Siphiwe Malinga
Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

To the greatest inspiration of the modern world. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for our country's freedom and wish you many more birthdays to come.
Billy Wilson
London, UK

Happy birthday, may GOD bless and strengthen you. You are the most wonderful man I've ever met. Although I've only seen you on TV. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Louisa Barnabas
Mitchells Plain, Cape Town, South Africa

Happy Birthday Tata!!! Ramasedi a re bolokele wena. Eba le letsatsi le monate la matswalo a hao! Ha e ne e se ka wena, le babang ba ANC, ekabe re se moo re leng teng kajeno! Halala Madiba!
Teboho Masiteng
Centurion, Pretoria, South Africa


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