Mandla Mandela

MP, African National Congress

The 35-year-old grandson of South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, Mandla gave up the glitz and glamour of the big business life in Johannesburg to take up a position of an "inkosi� (traditional leader), at the Mandelas' home village of Mvezo in the Eastern Cape. For the past three years, the Rhodes University politics graduate has been listening to grievances of villagers at a tribal court as Chief of the Tembu clan at Mvezo. He doubles as an MP for the ANC, so the young Mandela travels to Mvezo every Friday to spend the weekend with his tribe. As part of improving the quality of his people's lives, Mandela successfully urged health officials to set up mobile clinics in the impoverished village for locals to test and receive treatment for HIV/Aids. One of his biggest concerns is the country's deteriorating human rights record. He publicly criticised the government when it rejected a visa application from the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Traditional food cooked by helper Xoli Ndoyiya