Johannesburg - Many in the employ of former state president FW de Klerk will never forget the day they met Nelson Mandela for the first time.
It was in the Union Buildings in Pretoria, days after the country's first democratic election in April 1994, which saw Mandela become president.
The staff in the old presidency were told beforehand of the day Mandela would arrive to take office and replace De Klerk.
Apprehension reigned among the predominantly white bureaucrats as no one had an inkling of what to expect. Were they going to be kicked out without ceremony?