On this Mandela Day, July 18 2019, The Conservatory at The Cellars-Hohenort will host an evening to celebrate the friendship of Madiba and Christo Brand, his former prison guard.

Spend your 67 minutes with Christo who will reflect on this meaningful relationship with Mandela and will take guests on a narrative journey from the time of his first meeting with Madiba right up until the very end when he placed his hands on Madiba’s coffin.

Christo and Mandela developed a close camaraderie over the course of many years – Madiba is the co-author of Christo’s book, Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend (2014).

Christo first came to Robben Island, where Mandela was being held, in 1978 when he was only 19 years old. He was one of several men who were responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela while he was incarcerated under the Apartheid regime. In 1982 Christo was transferred with Mandela to Pollsmoor Prison. Christo retired from the South African prison service on July 31 2018 in order to pursue story-telling on a full-time basis and reflect on the insights gained through his relationship with a powerful figure in South Africa’s socio-political history.

For the Mandela Day event at The Conservatory, the evening will start with a welcome drink at 7pm and Christo will begin to share his story shortly thereafter. He will continue his presentation all through the three-course meal to follow, concluding his narrative after dessert. After dinner, Christo will be available to sign copies of the book Doing Life with Mandela: My Prisoner, My Friend.

The cost for the talk and three-course meal is R400 per person, and excludes drinks. Bookings are essential as places are limited. Copies of the book are sold separately. A percentage of the proceeds of this event will be donated to Sisters Incorporated who aims to help every woman, teenager and child in crisis heal physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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Date: July 18
Time: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Cost: R400


The Cellars-Hohenort

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Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.