Testimonials

On behalf of my form group at Latymer Upper School I just wanted to say thank you for the incredible journey you took us on this afternoon. It was a fantastic experience for myself and my form group to hear your life with Mr Mandela.

Ross Doneghan, Latymer Upper School - Zoom, 10th May 2021

The feedback from faculty and students was great. They really enjoyed it and wished that you could have been in person! I told them that doing it virtually was probably much better because we never could have afforded the plane tickets!

Jackie Riley, DCDS Zoom - 15th April 2021

I thought that this was a wonderful presentation that combined factual information with personal stories that allowed me to truly understand the relationship they had.”

Having visited Robben Island myself in 2013, it was amazing to hear another anecdote about life on the island and the overall feel of what South Africa was like during the time before Mandela’s release from prison.”

I learned new things about Mandela despite the fact that I thought I already knew his situation well. It was great to hear about his time in prison from a completely new perspective, that of a prison guard.

NJAIS Zoom - 7th April 2021

It was a pleasure having you! Really, really interesting seminar – the students enjoyed it!

Danielsen School, Norway - Zoom 13th April 2021

What an honour to hear about such an inspiring man from someone so close to him.

Malcolm Fretter, 41 Club Connect - Zoom, 1st April 2021

Thank you so much for that incredible talk! Our children really enjoyed it – especially the group I had. We had a great conversation about it all afterwards.
Such an incredible opportunity for them to hear all about life on Robben Island from Christo.

Toni Riemer, Dolphin School - Zoom, 24th March 2021

Tonight we had the absolute pleasure of listening to @christobrand60 and his story as Nelson Mandela’s prison warden. Utterly enthralling, such a gentlemen and arguably a small part of one of the most powerful stories in modern human history. Thank you from all @YateleyManorSch

Yateley Manor UK on Twitter - Zoom, 22nd March 2021

We are beyond grateful to you and Christo for your offerings and have had tremendously positive feedback.

Jennifer Knox, Woodward Academy - Zoom, 15th March 2021

We had a wonderful experience and my husband was astonished and emotional about all the tour.
It’s something we will for sure propose to our clients once tourism would be back.

Greta Guatri, Drakenstein Mandela House Private Tour - 6th March 2021

Just a short note to thank you so much for a quite inspirational evening on Tuesday – I meant what I said that it really was the high point of lockdown for me! Your ears should be burning with all the praise that has been flying around from both parents and boys at Papplewick.

Thank you so much as well for being so patient with our boys’ questions and so generous in your time in answering all of them. I said that they won’t forget your talk in a hurry and I can safely say that I will never forget it.

Tom Bunbury, Headmaster of Papplewick, Teams 2nd March 2021

 


“Beautiful story of an unlikely friendship that lasted decades.”BMR, MSW, LSW

Very interesting and truly inspiring. Christo Brand (Mandela’s warder) has a very straight-forward writing style, which I personally liked. In addition to the incredible lives led by Mandela and his fellow prisoners, it is fascinating to read a first hand account of a white working class young man growing up during the Apartheid, finding himself stationed with the political prisoners, and becoming a friend of the men he guarded, both during and after their time in prison.” – Laura Pugh

Fascinating book by a man who became friends with Mandela while serving as his warder (prison guard). Interesting look at the period leading to his becoming the president of South Africa, with interesting glimpses of behind-scenes developments. Also really showed the humanity of Mandela in ways no one else could have.” – Dee Halzack

Inspiring story that shows extending kindness even in the darkest of situations can have positive results.” – Sarah Snow

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“A powerful and heartwarming story about two men!” – carol dougherty

“Had the privilege of meeting and hearing Mr Brand speak while on a trip to South Africa. Enjoyed reading the entire story and learning more about Mandela.” –

This book should be prescribed reading for all warders, teaches, policeman and people who are taking up positions of power over others.
Mandela at a time of powerlessness recognized that Christo Brand was also in a weak position an gave him respect. Mandela was able to distinguish between the warder and the organization and protected Christo by not demanding favors that would have had bad consequences for Him.
Mandela would have had many warders during his time in prison and I like to think that dome of the others might have also been like Christo. Some might have been moved on because they where also bending the rules in favor of their special prisoners.
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Love this book!” –

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