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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Unity & Diversity Committee Welcomes Former Nelson Mandela Bodyguard

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Rory Steyn, former bodyguard to South African President Nelson Mandela, presented to the Longview Unity & Diversity Committee on Monday, Oct. 5. Steyn addressed members via a video conference meeting to kick off Global Diversity Awareness Month. Steyn was appointed team leader of President Mandela’s personal protection team, which entailed the protection of the President both nationally and internationally.

He retired from the SA Police Service in July 1999 with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and set up his own security consultancy with his partner, Bob Nicholls. NSA Global Security Consultants is South Africa’s largest executive protection employer counting Fortune 500 and blue-chip companies among their clients. He left the committee with very inspiring words to not “overlook any occasion where you can speak about racial reconciliation.” 

To view a recording of the meeting, visit

The persistence of conversations, actions, and the work that the Unity and Diversity Committee displays in the community is ongoing and you can join. The mission of the Unity and Diversity Committee is to overcome barriers to the full inclusion of all community members by: Protecting Human Rights, Challenging Discrimination, and Celebrating Diversity. The Unity and Diversity Committee encourages you to join us in celebrating Global Diversity Awareness Month. For more information about virtual events pertaining to Global Diversity Awareness Month, visit

Monthly meetings are held at noon, the first Monday of each month. Please call Partners in Prevention at 903-237-1019 for more information about monthly meetings. 

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