Unfortunately, Mr Ahmed Kathrada, who was meant to conduct the tour of the prison, fell ill just before the trip, and passed away on the 28th of March 2017. Mr Christo Brand, a former Prison Guard to Mr Ahmed Kathrada and Mr Nelson Mandela, stepped in to host the tour in his place.
He was an excellent host, giving us an insight from his time as the prison guard working for the state and over the years, becoming a friend to both Mr Kathrada and Mr Mandela. At the end of the tour, Mr Brand also presented everyone with a copy of his incredible book, Doing Life with Mandela, My Prisoner My Friend. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Christo!