The first township that I served in was Sada located about 25 miles south of Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. I hadn't been there for long when we met one of the community leaders Joseph Klamini. He claimed to have served time in prison with Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. Upon meeting he asked if I had been given an African name. I informed him that I had not. After a short while he pronounced on me the name of Tandakile, which he informed me means lovable one. Throughout the rest of my time in South Africa I was given two more names, Mafoota, Fat one, by a community leader in Umtata, and Mandla, Powerful one, from a sweet, small, recently converted woman. Tandakile Mafoota Mandla Case. Lovable fat one with lots of power.
Every time I think of my name Tandakile I remember with with great love the time that I lived in South Africa. I also think of Joseph and his time in prison. And I also think of the power of one man, Nelson Mandela, and what he did for the people of South Africa.
Today my name is Tandakile!