Nelson Mandela condolence book

I'm sure you were all saddened by the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela last week.

On Monday night Council stood for a minute's silence to honour his life and the legacy of justice, compassion, equality and forgiveness he leaves behind.

Flags at Sydney Town Hall will be lowered to half-mast until after his funeral in South Africa on Sunday.

Condolence books will be available in the foyer of both Sydney Town Hall and Town Hall House during business hours for anyone wanting to honour this hero.

These books will be available, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm until after the funeral - and we'll then be delivered to the South African consulate.

Nelson Mandela, who served as president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999, will be remembered as the political leader who led his country in dismantling apartheid who secured justice for his people. He said that he could not forget, but that he could forgive.

His anti-apartheid stance saw him receive more than 250 awards - including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize, the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Soviet Order of Lenin.

After stepping down from the presidency, he set up the Nelson Mandela Foundation to identify areas in which he could make a difference, including international politics, poverty and children's rights.

One of his most influential acts was in 2005, following the death of his only son from AIDS. Mandela urged South Africans to break the taboo surrounding AIDS in an effort to combat the deadly illness.

There are also a number of public memorial services being held in coming days, including:

Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney

Friday 13 December at 3:00pm

University of NSW, Library Lawn, High Street, Kensington

Saturday 14 December at 3:00pm

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