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Former president Nelson Mandela, who sacrificed his life for South Africa, will be sorely missed, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Thursday.
"As we dip our banners and celebrate the life and times of this stalwart, it is time that as South Africans we reflect on the legacy he left behind and the future we have to craft for generations to come," NUM general secretary Frans Baleni said in a statement.
"As an honorary president of the NUM, he has been an inspiration through and through and has on many occasions motivated mineworkers to take education seriously as he believed that it is through it that their children will head mines."
Mine, energy, and construction workers sent their condolences to all South Africans and those who cared about Mandela's welfare.