Testimonials

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

Can I just say a huge thank you for your talk tonight? I was absolutely blown away with the story and the messages that it brought. Having only just finished the call 20 minutes ago, I have already received loads of thank you’s from parents, staff and more importantly the boys. They just loved it.

A special thank you for taking the time to answer all of the boys questions; it was a never ending line but your patience with them was brilliant. I know you will have inspired a generation there.

Roger Wood, Papplewick School - MS Teams, 2nd March 2021

Absolutely fascinating and moving, especially to hear about the parallels between the lives of Christo and Nelson Mandela, two men who, as you say ought to have been enemies, yet became such close friends. Christo clearly feels blessed to have known Madiba, but I get the sense that Mandela was also blessed to have known Christo. He spoke with such warmth, humility and honesty.

The boys were clearly also very interested – some wonderful questions. I hope Christo enjoyed answering them. I particularly liked his answer to a very good question about whether being in prison shaped Nelson Mandela into the leader he became.

Please pass on our thanks to Christo. Do let me know if you ever plan to visit the UK again; it would be wonderful to meet you both in person.

Sam Moss of Horris Hill Prep School (UK) - Zoom, 12th February 2021

We had a great time with Christo thank you! It worked well having breakfast with him first before the tour with Manfred. And Christo and Manfred were good together with their different perspectives.

Thank you for your help organising it, we’ll definitely recommend the experience to friends.

Private tour of Mandela House at Drakenstein, Naomi Tarry - 6th Feb 2021

Christo and Andrew delivered a stunning online talk on Nelson Mandela to over 250 children and their parents in the UK. It was a fascinating insight into the life of Mandela, but also Christo’s close association with him. The presentation was first class but the talk really burst into life during the Q&A with Christo. His passion, honesty and admiration for his friend really shone through and it left the children mesmerized by the incredible story he had told. This is a story you simply have to hear and there’s no one better to tell it than Christo.

Tom Chapman, Cheam Prep - MS Teams talk, 28th January 2021

It was AMAZING!!!! We all absolutely loved meeting Christo and hearing his stories. We were all captivated!

Pineapple House private function - 24th January 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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