Tag: zelda la grange
With helmets on their heads and leather riding boots protecting their feet, bikers selflessly travel across South Africa each year, stopping off to help where they are needed. This year, among their many outreach activities, Bikers for Nelson Mandela Day will hand over handmade blankets.
For nearly two decades, Zelda La Grange was Nelson Mandela's right-hand woman and she got a rare, intimate insight into the man. And in so doing, he transformed her utterly. In her memoirs, Good Morning, Mr Mandela she pens her close relationship with the apartheid icon.
On Nelson Mandela Day, thousands of blankets will be handed to underprivileged people, knitted or crocheted by dedicated "knit wits" around the world. It's all part of a campaign spearheaded by Carolyn Steyn, who is doing her bit to play her part for the common good.
Zelda La Grange grew up cocooned in white Afrikaner privilege, terrified of "the terrorist in jail". But her story is one for all South Africa: she became Nelson Mandela's personal secretary, and in doing so moved beyond the narrow confines of prejudice of all kinds.
Perhaps the best people to express the sadness of South Africa – and the world – after the death of Nelson Mandela are those closest to him: his long-time personal assistant Zelda la Grange, his old friend Ahmed Kathrada, and his fellow Elder, Desmond Tutu.