Christopher Brand with Barbara Jones
Christo Brand is the son of a farm foreman from rural South Africa. He served as Nelson Mandela’s prison guard for twelve years, primarily on Robben Island. Today, he still works on Robben Island, now a UNESCO World Heritage site. As manager of the museum’s retail outlets, Christo has been known to reminisce to visitors about his time guarding Mandela and event o give the occasional tour. He lives in Cape Town with his wife, Estelle, and son, Heindrich. His eldest son, Riaan, passed away in 2005.
Barbara Jones is the Africa correspondent for the Mail on Sunday newspaper. She has covered Nelson Mandela since she first met him in 2000. Originally from England, she learned journalism the old-fashioned way, working her way from weekly to evening newspapers before joining the Mail on Sunday. She has two sons and lives in Cape Town.