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In a new book cel­e­brat­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of Nel­son Man­dela’s birth for­mer staff mem­bers share per­sonal anec­dotes of their time with the icon

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HE WAS loved by celebri­ties, revered by roy­alty and adored by or­di­nary South Africans. But what was Nel­son Man­dela re­ally like be­hind the scenes when the gaze of the world wasn’t on him? Was he re­ally so charm­ing and re­laxed all the time, or was there an­other side to him?

No one knew him as well as the peo­ple who worked for him and got to see him in ac­tion ev­ery day.

To co­in­cide with the 100th an­niver­sary of Madiba’s birth, dozens of his for­mer staff mem­bers have shared their mem­o­ries of him in a stun­ning new book, I Re­mem­ber Nel­son Man­dela. From body­guards to his per­sonal chef and min­is­ters in his cabi­net, they all have in­cred­i­ble sto­ries to tell of their en­coun­ters with a re­mark­able man.

For reviews of more books cel­e­brat­ing Madiba’s 100th year, see page 63.

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