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On December 6 2013 Gold Fields paid tribute to South Africa's greatest son Nelson Mandela.

Friday, 6 December 2013
Our CEO Nick Holland issued the following message:

Tribute to Madiba

It is with deepest sorrow that we have learned of the passing of South Africa’s former President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

To our great nation and indeed the world, he was more than just a man; he was the father of our democracy and a symbol of what hope, humanity and tolerance can achieve. Our most heart-felt condolences go out to the Mandela family and we thank them for the sacrifices they made throughout the life of a man we all claimed as our own.

As a nation gripped by grief but united in the love we felt for Mandela, we wish to take this time to reflect on what he stood for. During his tenure, he succeeded in securing social cohesion when the nation was on the brink of tearing itself apart. He laid the foundations for our democracy and set South Africa on the path to economic prosperity. He did so with humility, compassion and without resentment towards the people who had imprisoned him for 27 years.

We at Gold Fields were lucky to have his undivided attention on 9 May 2002. As I remember the day the great man stood and rang the bell on the New York Stock Exchange to herald the US listing of Gold Fields, I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to this beautiful country that he was so pivotal in creating.

We also want to appeal to all South Africans to recapture the spirit of the South Africa that Mandela epitomised: non-racialism, humanity, development and building a country that provides opportunities for all who live in it.

Go well Madiba, may you rest in peace.

Nick Holland on behalf of the Gold Fields family

Caption: Nelson Mandela rings the bell on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on 9 May 2002. With him on the balcony of the famous stock exchange are then Gold Fields CFO Nick Holland, then NYSE president Richard Grosso, former Gold Fields chairman Chris Thompson and then CEO Ian Cockerill


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