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Nelson Mandela’s lesson in racism c1958

During the 1950s my parents, who were anti-apartheid activists, knew Nelson Mandela. I remember the story he told them about the occasion he saw a white woman standing next to her broken car in Johannesburg. He approached her and offered to help. After fiddling with the engine he fixed the car. Thankful for his help, she offered to pay him sixpence.

“Oh no, that’s not necessary,” he said, “I am only too happy to help.”

“But why else would you, a black man, have done that if you did not want money?” she asked quizzically.

“Because you were stranded at the side of the road,” he replied.

Nelson Mandela acted in a charitable way while simultaneously making the woman aware of her own racism.  It is a story I will never forget. He gave so much, in so many ways.

Here are some of my photos from the 1970s, during the time of rising dissent against apartheid.



Migration and Gorilla trekking – Tanzania and Uganda Tour 2014

Join me Migration and Gorilla trekking with Steppes Discovery 12 – 19 June 2014

Here is the text from Steppes Website.

Ask anybody well-travelled through Africa and they’ll be hard pressed to choose between the Serengeti migration and trekking to see mountain gorillas as their most memorable wildlife experience. With the introduction of a new flight between the Serengeti and Entebbe, you can now easily combine these two exceptional wildlife experiences.

Staying at Serengeti Wilderness Camp, you’ll be in the most perfect location to witness the annual wildebeest migration – a travelling buffet for the Serengeti’s predators as the wildebeest make their treacherous journey north, into the Masai Mara. For photographers this wildlife phenomenon is fertile ground yet with such frenetic activity, it is not always easy to capture the spectacle on camera.

With one of the world’s most innovative and accomplished photographers on hand you will receive all the tuition you need to make the most of the migration’s photographic potential and return home with shots you will be proud to show off.

After the adrenalin of the migration, you will be transported to Bwindi to experience one of the most humbling and serene wildlife encounters in the world – an hour spent with endangered mountain gorillas. While Steve will be with you to advise on best angles, exposure and composition, make sure you take the time to put your camera down to just enjoy the moment.

For more information on photographic holidays, wildlife safaris and primate holidays to Uganda, please call Steppes Africa travel specialists on 01285 64 33 33. More information here.