Nelson Mandela shares a private joke with Nelson Mandela. This picture was taken by award-winning South African photographer Anton Hammerl, who was killed while covering the Arab Spring in Libya.

A very special Christmas with Nelson Mandela

It was Mandela’s first Christmas as the newly-elected president of South Africa and I felt very fortunate to have been invited. At the time I was the senior writer of a new newspaper, the Sunday Independent. As a political correspondent who covered his ascent from prisoner to president, I had enjoyed a front row seat of Mandela’s difficult but fascinating journey to power.

Money, money, money

Your best money tips, please

My first and most lasting personal finance lesson was delivered to me in an unmarked police car when I was a crime reporter. The tutor was a detective with a handgun strapped to each of his calves, another tucked into the back of his trousers and who knows where else