Ian Mullane & Sandy Patel

London - UK

3 April 2002

I met Ian and Sandy at the Table Bay Hotel and transferred them to Ellerman House. They had been in Cape Town for 3 days before we met and Ian had been to Cape Town on numerous occasions in the past.  Nevertheless Ian and Sandy wanted to tour Cape Town is a manner that they could learn all about the city and the manner in which Capetonians lived. From the minute that I met this wonderful couple I just knew this was going to be a great tour.

After checking in to Ellerman House we set off on a Cape Peninsula tour. We travelled on the Eastern Boulevard, stopping at District 6 along the way.

 

We stopped in at the Barnyard where I took this picture of Sandy and Ian.

 

We travelled on to Kalk Bay and had a fish lunch at Kalkies

 

Sandy on the wharf of the Kalk Bay harbour

 

When we arrived at Simonstown we went up Red Hill and took this panoramic photo of the wonderful scenery below us.
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We stopped in at the penguin colony at Boulders beach and took the above photo.

 

After Boulders Beach we travelled onto the Cape of Good Hope Reserve and went o Bordjiesrif where I took this fun photo of Ian 

 

We moved on to Cape Point where the following 3 photos were taken.

 

On our way back to Cape Town we took this panoramic photo of the very scenic Kommetjie area.
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We returned to Cape Town and decided to ascend Table Mountain even though there was a mist surrounding the mountain.
In the above picture Sandy and Ian can be seen on the viewpoint with heavy mist enshrouding Cape Town behind them.

 

 

Ian looks on as a Hyrax (Dassie) demolishes the plastic bag in front of him.

 

 

After Table Mountain we move on to the Africa Cafe where we had a wonderful African feast for dinner.


3 April 2002

 

It was raining on the day as we decided to do a winelands tour. Overall the day was a great one however it would have been nice if Ian and I could have just shown Sandy a mountain or two in the winelands. Unfortunately heavy mist blocked our view of the the mountains and Sandy simply had to believe us when we said that their was a mountain behind each misted cloudy area. J

 

We stopped in at the Rupert and Rothschild (R&R) winefarm where Linda Goliath took us through a winetasting of the farm's wines

 

We travelled on to the winefarm Plaisir de Merle where the following 3 photos were taken.

 

After Plaisir de Merle we travelled to Franschhoek where we had lunch at La Grange. Ian and Sandy then took a stroll through the Franschhoek main road and we met up at the Franschhoek chocolate factory where we bought some chocolates. We followed this with a visit to see the corkscrew collection at the Corkscrew Antique shop.

We then travelled on to Stellenbosch and paid a visit to the Muratie winefarm

Ian and Sandy enjoying the atmosphere of Muratie. Ian correctly predicted that he had closed his eyes for the above photo. J

 

We travelled on to Kayamandi where we drove and walked through the township meeting Ezwaki (Armstrong) Ntonyake as well as some of the township people and children as the below pictures show.

 

 

 

After our visit to Kayamandi we toured through Stellenbosch and went to the Cheetah Foundation where we saw the cheetahs in their compounds. On our way back as we passed Welmoed farm we saw the wonderful rainbow behind Sandy that can be seen in the below picture.

 

We returned to Cape Town. In the evening Bette and I joined Ian and Sandy for a wonderful dinner at Ellerman house where amongst others we enjoyed a most incredible 1986 (We were all amazed how well this wine had lasted) Sauvignon Blanc from Klein Constantia. The evening itself turned out to be a fabulous one as well as a fitting end to a great tour with a wonderful couple.


Ian and Sandy what more can I say other than thank you for your  friendly, warm, intelligent and thought provoking company while we toured my city and the winelands You were absolutely wonderful to have with me while we enjoyed all that Cape Town offered us.

I also have to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible gesture and monetary donation to the people of Kayamandi. I can assure you that the monies will be put to excellent use with immediate effect and that I will be taking you up on your offer to help wherever possible in terms of ideas to help the people of the township

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

 


Received 12 April 2002

 

Selwyn,

Day 3 back in the UK and my assistants tell me I am nearly through the back
log of meetings, calls and correspondence. The world survived in my absence
but wow it generated some work for my return. However the memories of a
fantastic trip are still with Sandy and I and we owe a great deal of that to
you. You brought Cape Town and South Africa to life for us with your
animated commentary, willingness to answer my endless questions and massive knowledge base. It was my great worry that the woman I intend to spend the rest of my life with my not share the same enthusiasm for South Africa that I do, thanks to two days spent with you that is not going to be a problem. Indeed should I ever decide to go into the wine business I have been
informed I would be fully supported and encouraged, you certainly managed to convert another to the South African cause!! Dinner at Ellerman was
fantastic but made all the better by the presence of Bette, a memorable
night that added to the holiday immensely.

Selwyn I have struggled to get Kayamandi out of head as I can see there
could be so much done. It's not a "god what a pity" struggle, Sandy and I
have seen worse throughout the world, it's a "come Mullane with your
position, skills and resources you can do something here". I like to "do"
and I think that I could help you out with Kayamandi. Let's talk about it
and see what we could achieve.

I have finished looking at my photos and there are some pretty good ones so
if you send me your address I will ensure that I send an CD with them on
over to you. In addition I have ran off 20 or so copies of the children's
picture at Kayamandi and will send them over so they can have a copy of the
them selves to keep.

Take care, say hi to Bette and we'll speak in the next week

Ian


Ian Mullane
Executive Vice President
Software Ops
Http:// www.caminus.com

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Received 12 April 2002

Hi there Selwyn,

Since I've got back I've not had a minute to email you my thanks - so apologies.

Thank you for a fantastic tour, Ian and I had a wonderful time, the best part of our holidays. You were very informative and fun which makes all the difference. Well we have come back to cold weather, so I am now trying to butter Ian up to make another visit.

The website was great fun, I've emailed the link to my friends so that they could follow our trip.

Please give my love to Bette, I will email again soon.

Sandy

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