Zelda La Grange

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Zelda la Grange
Born(1970-10-29) 29 October 1970 (age 43)
Pretoria, South Africa
OccupationPersonal Assistant
NationalitySouth African
 
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Zelda la Grange
Born(1970-10-29) 29 October 1970 (age 43)
Pretoria, South Africa
OccupationPersonal Assistant
NationalitySouth African

Zelda la Grange is a former private secretary to Nelson Mandela. La Grange was born in Pretoria, South Africa on 29 October 1970. From 1994 until 1996, she served as a typist for Mary Mxadana, private secretary to Nelson Mandela, the newly elected post-apartheid President of South Africa. In 1996, she was promoted to assistant private secretary, and in 1999 she was again promoted to Private Secretary to the Office of the President. Later in 1999, after Nelson Mandela left office, she was appointed as executive personal assistant and spokesperson for the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Her father was a South African Breweries executive who later ran his own butchery and her mother was a teacher. Her parents voted reflexively for the ruling National Party, the last party to operate an apartheid government, and, on Sundays, they attended religious services at the local Dutch Reformed Church.[citation needed]

Working with Nelson Mandela[edit]

She has been Nelson Mandela's secretary, butler, aide-de-camp, spokesperson, travelling companion, confidante and, as she put it (and he agrees), honorary granddaughter, growing ever closer to him from the day she began work as an anonymous typist in the presidential office in 1994.[citation needed]

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