Hon Speaker, this day is one of many finer moments in Parliament. For some it is a certainty that they will be back, and for many more there is hope that they might come back to serve. To be a Member of Parliament is a very rewarding experience, but in another sense a very insecure and tough life.
Let's remind ourselves that it is always a privilege to serve in this institution, and we should never take that for granted. Whilst we all depart to campaign or retire, let's put South Africa first and devote our time to and energy on building this nation. We do not spend enough time and energy on reconciliation. South Africa is a better place after 20 years, but we can make it even better if we take the time to reconcile and build towards achieving a common patriotism.
So, as we take our leave today, let us remember the wise words of our beloved Madiba:
There is no passion to be found by playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
Today, therefore, let us go forward with a passion for our country. Go well and God bless you all. Thank you. [Applause.]