Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013
SCOUTS South Africa would like to express our sincere condolences to the family members of our Patron, former president Nelson Mandela. Madiba was a man that not only inspired a nation and many generations, but who gave true meaning to the Scouting principles of “duty to God, duty to others and duty to self”.
In honouring his example, Spirit and contribution to South Africa we ask all members of the Movement in uniform to wear a 50mm black crepe band round the left arm above the elbow for the days of mourning.
The State President has declared that all South African flags are to be flown at half-mast until the funeral.
Madiba was awarded the Africa Elephant Award, the highest Scouting Award given by the Africa Scout Committee on the African Continent. The Africa Elephant Award was presented to him on the 23rd of April 2004 by the former Vice Chairman of the Africa Scout Committee, Nkwenkwe Nkomo, who was also the Chief Scout of South Africa at the time.
A press release is on the website: www.scouting.org.za