JOHANNESBURG - With the death in the early hours of Saturday morning of former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, the world has lost yet another "magnanimous and selfless model leader”, Brand South Africa said.
"This weekend, the world woke up to the sad news on the passing of the first [black] African secretary general of the United Nations (UN) Kofi Annan," Brand SA said in a statement on Sunday.
"News headlines report that the 80-year-old advocate for the African continent, and seventh secretary general who rose through the ranks of the UN, suffered with a short illness before he died.
"The Ghanaian diplomat, and one of the United Nations’ most high-profile and well-respected former secretary generals was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with the UN 'for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world'. Annan served as the UN secretary general from January 1997 to December 2006 – and put development, human rights, the rule of law, good governance, and peace at the top of the UN's agenda, Brand SA said.
In the statement, Brand SA chief marketing officer Linda Magapatona-Sangaret said, “2018 marks the centenary of the birth of [former president] Nelson Mandela – it is a year which has provided an opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his exceptional leadership. Kofi Annan too was such a great leader, and leaves behind a similar legacy as he dedicated his years in service of human development and peace. The world has lost yet another magnanimous and selfless model leader.”