'The man who saved our country'
Kepler Wessels, writing for the Daily Telegraph, pays tribute to Nelson Mandela, highlighting Madiba's impact on politics, sport, and South Africa as a whole.
Mandela understood that everyone had a role to play in rebuilding the nation. He also knew that the pressure on the team was intense. South Africans expected our national sporting teams to dominate as they had prior to isolation. Never mind the lack of international competition for 21 years. They wanted success. Immediately. "Sport has the power to unite and you will achieve that by doing the best you can and fighting hard," he said. "I am proud of you."