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Zelda la Grange

Zelda la Grange is a former private secretary to Nelson Mandela.

Zelda was born in South Africa and started her career in 1992 at the Department of State Expenditure and eventually began working in the Office of the first democratic Presidency. In 1999, President Mandela picked her to remain in his services beyond retirement. Zelda served President Mandela for over 19 years, becoming his Executive Personal Assistant, Spokesperson, Manager of Stakeholder Relations and Manager of his private office.

She has been awarded by a number of organisations for her dedication and services. Currently, Zelda serves as the Patron for the First for Women Foundation, non-executive Director of the non-profit organisation Healing Hands and annually acts as a co-ordinator of Bikers for Mandela Day.

In 2014, she published Good Morning, Mr Mandela, a memoir on how serving Nelson Mandela had impacted her life. The book became a Bestseller in South Africa and has been translated into ten languages and distributed in 15 countries.