I lived in South Africa for six years in the early 1990’s after initially only going to work for six months as it got under my skin and it will always be somewhere very close to my heart.
This weekend I went and saw Invictus an amazing film by Clint Eastwood with Morgan Freeman at Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as Francois Pienaar. The film captured Nelson’s release from Robyn Island, the unity of the people and the victory for South African’s at the Rugby World Cup on 24th June 1995.
I was fortunate enough to be living in South Africa at the time and the atmosphere when the final whistle blew about 6pm on the 24th June was electric. The streets were alive with people blowing car horns and instantly their was a real party atmosphere as everyone took to the streets to celebrate. As a result my 25th birthday the following day on the 25th June was a slight blur
This film really portrayed what many said at the time was the start of the rainbow nation and the line from Invictus by William Ernest Henley an English poet that I will remember Mandela using was ‘I am the Master of my fate, I am the Captain of my soul’.
If you have not seen this film I can not recommend it enough.