Goeiemore, mnr. Mandela

’n Jong vrou, ’n president, ’n lewensveranderende vriendskap

Zelda la Grange

Die merkwaardige verhaal van ‘n Afrikaanse boeremeisie wat gevorder het van tikster tot Nelson Mandela se persoonlike assistant,
Date Published :
April 2018
Publisher :
Penguin Random House South Africa
Illustration :
16 pages of photographs
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Zelda la Grange grew up as a supporter of the rules that separated black and white. Yet she would become the most trusted assistant to Nelson Mandela, growing to respect and cherish the man she had been taught was the enemy. Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life, beliefs and prejudices transformed by the greatest statesman of our time. It is the incredible journey of an awkward, terrified young typist in her twenties who was chosen to become the President’s most loyal servant, spending most of her adult working life travelling with and caring for the man she would come to call ‘Khulu’. Grandfather. Here Zelda pays tribute to Nelson Mandela as she knew him – a teacher who gave her the most valuable lessons of her life. A man who refused to be defined by his past, who forgave and respected all, but who was also frank, teasing and direct. As he renewed his country, he also freed Zelda from a closed world of fear and mistrust, giving her life true meaning.

About The Author

Zelda la Grange is in 1970 gebore. Sy het haar in 1994 by die kantoor van die eerste demokraties verkose president van Suid-Afrika as senior ministeriële tikster aangesluit. Sy is bevorder tot een van die president se drie private sekretaresses, en ná sy aftrede in 1999 het Nelson Mandela haar gevra om in sy diens aan te bly. Zelda la Grange het Nelson Mandela oor ’n tydperk van 19 jaar in verskeie hoedanighede gedien en haar lojaliteit is in dié tyd deur baie instansies erken. Sy koördineer elke jaar Bikers for Mandela-dag. Sy dien sedert 2010 as beskermer van die 1st for Women-versekeringstrust en is in 2014 as ambassadeur van Beeld se kinderfonds aangewys.

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