Statement on the COVID-19 pandemic by H.R.H Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela

Statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic by H.R.H Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini- Mandela

During these unprecedented times of uncertainty, isolation and often fear, I remember and refocus on that which is close to my heart – my roots. It is crucial that in the current circumstances, we as Africans remember what has made us strong. Our strength is deeply embedded in our history and our ability to heal, overcome, unite and grow.

However, we are not alone in this – there are many countries worldwide, that have had similar struggles and liberation victories woven into their histories and which have paved their way into a prosperous future.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already swept across the globe, leaving devastation in its tracks – loss of lives, livelihoods, crumbling economies and failing socio-economic systems. But, in these moments of despair, I am strengthened by my late grandparents, Winnie and Nelson Mandela’s personal journeys. Despite the catastrophic impact of COVID-19 I would like to encourage the global community to unshackle ourselves from despair and not be paralysed by panic and actionism. We should instead understand that our purpose here today stretches further than ourselves, and rather toward our global community and to each other.

We should consider this time as an opportunity to remember those on the front-line, reflect on our gift of simple freedoms, refocus our values, reset our priorities, realign toward one another and resolve this crisis together.

The only constant in life is change – and all of our lives post COVID-19 will in one way or another change. There will be shifts in our business activities, spiritual journeys, social habits and educational practices. My prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and who are fighting their own battles at this time. Let us remember and pray for those within vulnerable communities and who have been displaced or are alone, sick or afraid.

Let us support governmental responses and be reassured of our resilience and ability to overcome. Although significant efforts are being made, we must remember that the long walk to freedom and joint and equitable prosperity is far from over. And, what the race requires is for us to extend our boundaries of collaboration and love and to remain focused on globalising our efforts. Time is a scare resource and we should not stand idle.

This is our time to demonstrate and spread the African philosophy of “Ubuntu” which means “I am because we are”. As a global village, we must be encouraged to look past our differences and recognise both our individual and collective ability to rebuild together. And lastly and in quoting my grandfather, Nelson, Mandela “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

Your Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela


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