UK charity WaterAid has joined other global bodies to pay glowing tribute to former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and urged ‘other world leaders to emulate his example and work for universal access to water and sanitation by 2030 as the essential step towards eradicating global poverty.”
The WaterAid applauded Mandela as a great humanitarian and campaigner for social justice who has tirelessly championed the rights of the poor and marginalised with courage, vision and determination.
Describing Mandela’s death as an ‘extraordinary loss’, WaterAid International Chief Executive Barbara Frost also said the late Icon “was a remarkable, courageous man with such generosity of spirit, humour and forgiveness. He did so much to bring hope to all that a just and fair world is possible and that we all have our own part to play in this”.
“As we mourn this loss, we will continue to fully embrace Madiba’s insistence that overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. Overcoming poverty is, as he so rightly said, ‘the protection of the fundamental right to dignity and a decent life’.