Testimonials

The new recording is excellent!  Thanks to both of you for an informative video.

Baylor School, December 2020

What a gift for us to be with the two of you today! Such inspirational messages and things to consider thinking about. We are so happy that our students were able to hear from you today. Even though these are stories of the past, they continue being relevant today. Thank you!!! We look forward to going to SA at some point in the near future and meeting in person.

Miami Country Day School - Zoom, December 2020

Overall, I thought everything was wonderful! It was so professionally done, educational, and powerful. One of our attendees texted me yesterday to tell me how much she enjoyed the presentation and that it had moved her to tears.

EduAfrica Zoom, 17th November 2020

Dear Christo

Thank you for an outstanding zoom presentation sharing your courage, care, kindness for the Father of our Nation, President Nelson Mandela.  Yours and his are both inspirational stories. My beloved late mother Zelda Gosschalk met her late husband Bernard Gosschalk when he came out of exile in UK to attend Nelson’s 75th birthday. He was invited by  Mr Mandela to attend.

Bernard was in solitary confinement for some months and went into exile. He and his then wife Ruth, who died of cancer in UK, were activists. My mother was also active against apartheid. I met Mr Mandela too.

Thank you for your inspiration Christo. And I am sorry for the tragic loss of your son. God bless you for taking care of Mandela, Sisulu and others. – Gill Fish

Chabad Double Bay, Sydney - Zoom, Sunday 15th November 2020

Thank you so much for organising that really inspiring lecture. Loved hearing from Christo, and could have done for hours. Like his style. Really interesting Mandela’s thoughts on education as the means of personal development. Good for us all to think about! – Andrew Prichard 

Elstree School, UK - MS Teams, Saturday 14th November 2020

Just finished your book. What an inspirational read. Also informative about SA etc. My lasting impression was of the power of the positive to institute change. But also the place of kindness and compassion; the world could use more people like yourself. So thank you.

Book review - Lee Dunstan, Australia - October 2020

I would like to echo Donna’s comments in that I felt so privileged to learn about Nelson Mandela and Christo Brand.  They are both an inspiration for how people can see past perceived differences to become close friends.  Thank you, Andrew, for helping to share this story of incredible friendship with our faculty, staff, and students at Catawba Valley CC. – Jonathan Loss

Catawba Valley Community School Zoom - 21 October 2020

Feedback from both boys and teachers has been very positive. In short: your presentations appear to have been a hit (not that it was ever in doubt). Thanks again. Shaun Hewett.

Bishops College Grade 11 History Classes - 17 and 18 August 2020

Thank you for your inspiring talk we had with the students.  We received very positive feedback and a lot of the students were mover by Christo’s story.

Zoom with Salaheddine Chafouk, ESSEC Business School, Africa - 4 August 2020

“Wow wow wow!! Thank you so much for inviting me…what a great talk…Incredible!” – Freddy Hassan
 
“Really enjoyed your interview with Christo Brand…Amazingly humble and likeable man, and I think you got the very best out of him. You made him the star of the show by short carefully executed interventions, quite a special knack.” – Anna Rice
 
“What a fantastic interview. Well done!” – Jon Charley
 
“This was a fantastic way to spend a Saturday evening” – Garth Scholtz

Mandela Day interview with Dr Dean Allen - 18th July 2020

 


“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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