Testimonials

A massive thank you to you, Andrew, and Christo. The group absolutely loved the session!!!!

Vanessa Barros, Leadership and Cultural Intelligence - Zoom, 9th July 2021

I had the great privilege of speaking to Christo Brand yesterday about his experiences as a prison warder for Nelson Mandela and the amazing friendship they developed. Andrew and Clementine, our Sixth Form students, were brilliant with their interview. A truly inspiring experience.

Richard Brewster, Stamford School - Zoom Interview, 9th July 2021

Our boys will really have benefited from speaking to Christo and to you, and it is an experience of great meaning that I hope they will not forget. I hope it will be possible to repeat it next year!

Tom Edwards - Summerfields, Zoom - 23 June 2021

It was a great thrill to meet with Christo yesterday. The pupils were transfixed by Christo’s stories and the remarkable insights into the life of Nelson Mandela. The session was wonderfully conceived and well-structured and I am grateful to you, both for facilitating the event and juxtaposing the lives of Christo and Nelson Mandela in this very accessible way.

The session prefaced a wider discussion around the evils of Apartheid and recent South African history and your resources were useful in this respect.

I am sure that the session will live long in the memory of all that attended the event. I look forward to repeating it in the future.

Paul Medhurst, King's Prep School, Rochester - Zoom, 15 June 2021

Wow, what an amazing morning for Josie and her classmates! Such a special time spent with Christo. It was almost surreal to be in the presence of Christo, and to think that he was such a big part of history. It is an incredible story! Thank you so much – this will be something the kids will never forget!

Zoom Interview with 4 pupils at Mercer Island High School, Seattle - 26th May 2021

It was a fascinating talk, very powerful. Please pass on my thanks and greetings to Christo – it was an honour. – Dale Harrison

Stamford Schools, UK - Zoom - 10th June 2021

Thanks again for a stellar event last night – Christo was wonderful and our whole community loved getting to hear his story.

Global Camps Africa, Zoom - 21 May 2021

I just want to thank both yourself and Christo for Thursday’s amazing Workshop. It was truly inspiring and thought provoking. I would encourage the both of you to keep Nelson Mandela’s story of love for all, hope for freedom and equality for all South Africans and the importance of education for all, alive.
The pupils absolutely loved it and I hope that you gauged that their unscripted questions lasted for 30 minutes. A true sign of how much they find the story of this humble man, so inspiring.

Marlese Levermore, Swanbourne House School, UK - Zoom, 13th May 2021

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

 


“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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