We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Cellars-Hohenhort listening to Christo Brand, former warden on Robben Island and co-author of My Prisoner, My Friend based on his ling term friendship with Nelson Mandela. Loved the Mandela inspired menu by Chef Paul Nash.
The clients loved the tour with Christo – they really, really enjoyed the intimacy.
The talk was great. Christo was engaging and clear and his story was powerful and inspiring. It was amazing to hear his stories about Mandela and other political prisoners. I will definitely use Christo again as it’s the perfect solution for when Robben Island is cancelled.
Michiel was awesome today, we had a good tour on the island and it made all the difference doing it this way! My guests were very happy and they said it was the only way to experience the island having done it the normal way 10 years prior!
Thanks for your assistance and I hope to be in contact soon with future tours!
“It has been a longtime wish to visit Robben Island since I was in high school learning of this man called Nelson Mandela. That wish came true, and through Christo Brand’s personal stories and interaction of his time in Robben Island and through the years after Nelson Mandela’s release, my husband and I felt we were also personal friends with Christo and Madiba. This visit was an invaluable experience, made so much more special by Christo.
Thank you Andrew for organizing this on our behalf. Thank you Christo for the priceless time spent with us as you relived your time as a warden in Robben Island, the interest you had after learning that my husband is also in the same line of work that you were in, and your extreme patience with the many hungry questions we had. This was one of the many highlights of our unforgettable trip and we humble thank you both from our hearts.”
Lyn and Ron Acero
It was a pleasure to host Christo in Port Elizabeth. The talk was great and when trying to relay some of it to my family we were all in tears – it was very moving.
I just want to sincerely thank you, for setting up tonight’s Forum Speaker… I am humbled that we were able to listen to Christo Brand share his story with us, of his time with the legend that is Madiba! A truly special evening!
Meeting Christo Brand was the highlight of my recent trip to South Africa. Christo Brand was Nelson Mandela’s prison warden. The two became lifelong friends. Rules were broken and small but great acts of kindness were shown by this amazing man at risk to himself. Brand wrote the book “Mandela – My Prisoner, My Friend” at Mandela’s urging, insistent he must tell his story. And what a story it is.
This book gives a different perspective showcasing Mandela’s leadership, someone I will always deeply respect. Christo Brand is a brave and kind man who gave his friendship and support to Mr Mandela and his fellow prisoners in times of hardship and that deserves respect #mustread
Mr Brand’s rating was very good: Enrichment Lecturer – Mr. Christo Brand 9.17/10. Congratulations, an excellent score.