While the world fights Covid 19 many lessons can be derived from Nelson Mandela's imprisonment. Zelda la Grange, his long time Personal Assistant makes a comparative analysis to search for valuable advise in his experiences.
If I could have dinner...Gary Gold
He lives for rugby and his family. The South African now coaching the United States of America's national rugby team, Gary Gold.
A gentleman, friend and one of those people you can call at 2am in the morning when you have car trouble.
Ultimately, a positive force and his optimism is infectious.
If I could have dinner....AnneLee Murray
For almost 20 years, she was the "mother" of the national rugby team in South Africa, The Springboks. With two World Cup titles with the team behind her name she supported the team, management, players and families.
She is well loved among sports people and her passion is to serve. She is a loyal friend to all those who cross her path.
I am fortunate to call AnneLee Murray a friend and she shares her thoughts and what she would tell Madiba, if she had an opportunity to have dinner with him tonight.
If I could have dinner with Mr Mandela tonight - Zelda la Grange
People are always asked, if you could have dinner tonight with anyone, dead or alive, who would that be? People choose a list of impressive names and usually Mr Mandela features on the list too.
I am sometimes asked to write open letters to Mr Mandela hoping to convey the national mood in either times of crisis, times of inspiration or when we commemorate his birthday or passing.
I am turning the tables.
This podcast is an introduction to a series of podcasts in which I will ask guests certain questions if they could imagine having such a dinner.
I will introduce people who have inspired me. And I will ask the same questions. So if you had the dinner, what would you say....
First I will answer the questions myself.
Coldplay - Miracles (Someone Special), Album Kaleidoscope EP 2017
Counting Crows - Big Yellow Taxi, Album Films About Ghosts: The Best of 2003
Lockdown lessons from Nelson Mandela's imprisonment
Around the world people are in lock down. Despite general agreement that it is a much needed measure to fight Covid 19, people feel frustrated and caged in.
During our generation lived a few who were locked in for principle and conviction. Now is an ideal time for us to look at the lessons to be learnt from one such man, Nelson Mandela. How did he manage to survive living in a 7x6 foot prison cell for 18 of the 27 years of his incarceration.
[Music courtesy of Prime Circle; Breathing]
If I could have dinner...Lord Peter Hain
He attends school at Hatfield and Pretoria Boys High before his parents move to England to escape continues security police harassment where Peter Hain later becomes a Member of the British Parliament.
Who knew that he loves some good South African music, with a catchy tune and a few Afrikaans words in the lyrics.
Most importantly Peter Hain has never been afraid to speak his truth.
Katie Melua - If you were a Sailboat
Hot Water - Lekker Sakkie
If I could have dinner...Ilana Kloss
At age 20 in 1976 Ilana Kloss became South Africa's youngest No 1 tennis player. A title she holds to date.
Today she spends much of her time advocating for equality and I am honoured to call her my friend.
We are the World - USA for Africa
I will survive (Rerecorded) - Gloria Gaynor
Pressure is a Privilege : Bilie Jean King (LifeTime Media, 2008)
Good Morning, Mr Mandela : Zelda la Grange (Penguin, 2014)
Motivation during the Lockdown
I found this to be the best 18min Podcast from Zelda, Thanx for giving us hope, and informing us about the lessens you learned from Madiba!
Zelda again giving us her some of life lessons learned while serving one of the greatest human being ever to walk this earth! Thank you Zelda, hope there is more Podcasts in the making!