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South Africa’s for­mer Pres­i­dent adds his ini­tials and sig­na­ture to his footprint

On Thurs­day, 28 August 2014, South Africa’s for­mer Pres­i­dent Kgale­ma Mot­lanthe left his foot­print at Maropeng.

Mr Mot­lanthe joins a long line of for­mer heads of state and Nobel Prize lau­re­ates whose foot­prints are dis­played in the Out of Africa” walk­way at Maropeng, includ­ing for­mer Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbe­ki and for­mer Unit­ed Nations sec­re­tary-gen­er­al Kofi Annan.

South African Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma, Arch­bish­op Desmond Tutu and for­mer Pres­i­dent FW de Klerk have also left their foot­prints at Maropeng.

For­mer Pres­i­dent Mot­lanthe said: Wher­ev­er you are in life, you are part of a great chain of suc­ces­sion, a larg­er jour­ney than your own. The chain of suc­ces­sion of the foot­prints of South Africa’s pres­i­dents is com­plet­ed today. But this foot­print also rep­re­sents a whole lot more. It rep­re­sents the jour­ney of every­one alive in the coun­try dur­ing the peri­od of my lead­er­ship; not only in South Africa, but also in the whole of Africa, and in a sense, the whole world.

The tenac­i­ty and deter­mi­na­tion of our ances­tors brought us to where we are today. And we trust the lega­cy we leave to our descen­dants will be a sol­id one, so that when they take the baton from us the human race will con­tin­ue to grow and flour­ish in a mean­ing­ful and pos­i­tive direc­tion. This foot­print ulti­mate­ly sym­bol­is­es my hope that the world is on a jour­ney to a peace­ful and pros­per­ous future.”

Click here to view a gallery of images from the foot­print ceremony.