My name is Elias. I am a poor black worker in South Africa. The time (1)_______ I first met Nelson Mandela was a very difficult period of my life. I was twelve years old. It was in 1952 and he had opened a black law firm to advise poor black people (2)_______ their problems.
I began school at six . The (3)_______ where I studied only two years was three kilometres away. I had to leave , (4)_______ my family could not continue to pay the shool fees and the bus (5) ______ . I could not read (6)______write. After trying hard , I got a job in a gold mine . This was a time when one had got to have a passsbook to live in Johanneburg. (7)______(sad) I did not have this passbook because I was not born there and I was worried (8)_____ whether I would be out of work.
The day when Nelson Mandela told me what to do and helped me was one of the 9 (happy) days of my life . He told me how to get the correct papers so I could stay in Johanneburg. I never forgot (10) ______ kind he was and when he organized the ANC Youth League , I joined it as soon as I could .