Dalai Lama in vir­tual trib­ute

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NELSON MANDELA 1918-2013 - PETER FABRI­CIUS

THE DALAI Lama, who was not able to visit South Africa in per­son to hon­our Nel­son Man­dela, made a vir­tual visit to the coun­try yes­ter­day.

He and his friend Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu ar­ranged to come to­gether “for a dig­i­tal eu­logy hon­our­ing Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela”, said Sello Hatang, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion.

He said the foun­da­tion and the or­gan­i­sa­tion One Bil­lion Acts of Peace hosted “a vir­tual con­ver­sa­tion” be­tween the two re­li­gious lead­ers yes­ter­day.

They “shared what Madiba’s life per­son­ally meant to them”.

The “Hang­out on Air” at the Nel­son Man­dela Cen­tre of Mem­ory in Houghton was open to the pub­lic and me­dia.

“Let us live the legacy to­gether. This is a place of mem­ory,” Hatang said.

The Dalai Lama did not ap­ply for a visa to come to South Africa to pay trib­ute to Man­dela.

His rep­re­sen­ta­tive in South Africa, Mi­gyur Dor­jee, in­di­cated he would have ap­plied for a visa, if he knew he would be granted one.

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