Celebrating the Legend: Tata Nelson Mandela

Liyibekile inqawa ixhego.  The world is in mourning for the great tree has fallen. ..

I’m so saddened by the passing of Tata Nelson Mandela, it’s as if I knew him personally.  We all knew it was going to happen sooner or later but one is never prepared when it actually happens.   Tata has lived his life and it is safe to say he is now in a better place with no physical pain.   He has sacrificed his freedom and his life for our liberation.


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What I took from his life is his humility and how he embraced his upbringing and his roots.  A man that had professional chefs preparing his delicious, he could have chosen any dish but he still enjoyed the food that he grew up with, dishes such as umphokoqo and umngqusho even amasi esela (sour milk from a calabash).   He was grounded for a man of his status.

We are blessed to have lived in his era, now it is our duty to continue with his legacy and everything that he stood for,  love, peace, forgiveness, humility etc.

My prayers are wit his family.  May they find strength during this time and may we as a nation continue to celebrate the life of Tata Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.

Rest in Peace Tata.

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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 2 )

    • That looks yummy Adeline! What a way to remember the old man! He loved his food! Hope someone buys you the book as a gift this Christmas! LOL! 🙂

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