Candice Moodley - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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There have been very few moments in my life that have defined me as a person, perhaps the greatest moments being the birth of my children. There is however, that one special moment when everything I had done to that point, was justified and almost validated.
It was July 1998, I was a K-TV presenter and chosen as part of a select team to host Mr Nelson Mandela’s 80th Birthday Party at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. Together with fellow K-TV presenter Sipho Gogotya, I was to be the MC.
What an absolute honour and privilege. Sipho and I were overwhelmed with the knowledge that we were going to personally meet an individual whom everyone considered a National Treasure and someone we had only read about in history books. Rehearsal after rehearsal, we practiced exactly how we were going to greet him, welcome him to stage and sing to him.
Sipho and I were completely prepared, but nothing could prepare us for what I remember as being my greatest moment. The time came in the programme for Sipho and I to walk off stage to meet and to assist Mr Mandela onto the stage so that everyone could sing Happy Birthday to him. As we reached him, he held out his hand and said, ‘Candice and Sipho, how lovely to meet you, I enjoy your show’. I was speechless and the first thought that came to mind was, ‘he knows my name – how could someone as important as Mr Mandela possibly know who I am?’ But he did, and that fact has stayed with me for all my years.
Since my treasured one and only encounter with Mr Mandela, I have realised that it doesn’t matter how important you are or think you are, always remember to treat others in the exact same way you would like to be treated no matter their race, colour or creed – and make a point of learning their name.
This was a lesson I had learnt from an icon and a memory I will share with my children and grandchildren.
Quote: "It doesn’t matter how important you are or think you are, always remember to treat others in the exact same way you would like to be treated."
Collection: Moments with a Legend