Nishara Ramburuth &
Sydney - Australia
7 January 2003
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I met up with Nishara, Cameron and Rasika at their hotel and after going through a brief history of South Africa we set off on our journey into the winelands with pour main focus being South African history and culture as well as a visit to the township of Kayamandi.
We stopped in at the Afrikaans language monument where I gave the trio a better insight into the Afrikaner way of living.
We travelled on to Cotage Fromage where we stopped in for a cheese lunch
We travelled on to Kayamandi where our first stop was with
Here we see a picture of Cameron, Shumi. Nishara, Rasika and Charles (Shumi's son)
The trio having fun with the kids of Kayamandi
Nishara and Rasika viewing a local game of Checkers in the Kayamandi
More fun with the Kaya Kids
Cameron plays horsey horsey J
Nishara with some of the Kaya Kids
Cameron with Masisi the daughter of our host for the day - Sphewo
We stopped in at the Ikamva Lethu centre where Cameron pitted his kerem skills against the local Kayamandi champs
We travelled on to Spier where I took this "framed" picture of the trio
We drove back to to the Courtyard Hotel where I had the unexpected privilege of meeting Nishara and Rasika;s parents, Raj and Prem. What an wonderful surprise it was to meet these 2 wonderful people. We were later joined by my wife, Bette, who also loved being in the company of all. We then went off to Bibis restaurant where as can be seen from the below photo we had a stunning meal to end our journey.
Prem, Bette, Nishara, Cameron, Rasika, Raj and myself at Bibi's
This was a fantastic tour as Nishara , Cameron, Rasika were very keen to learn about the history of South Africa so that they could se how it fitted into the lives of their parents who had to endure the hardships of the Apartheid system. Meeting Prim and Raj was simply put an amazing experience. They were such a humble and understanding couple and their joining us for dinner was the icing on the cake to have made this one of those tours I simply will not be able to forget.
NASHIRA, RASIKA, CAMERON,
RAJ and PREM
I truly hope our paths cross
Who knows maybe at a wedding. JJ
Received 13 January 2002
Thank you so much for your lovely email message- we certainly have the same
sentiments about meeting you and Bette. In fact the compliment to you is that I
was even more pleased that Nish, Cam and Rasika went on the Township tour with you rather than with us. They felt a special bond with you and we are just so pleased that they saw an important part of SA through your eyes. It's always more effective - and they could not have chosen better! So THANK YOU. Plus they have made life long friends of their own with you and Bette. I am sure that this will continue. Influencing the thinking of the young I believe is the way to a peaceful future - and that is what you have done.
Love to you and Bette
Received 15 January 2002
Thank you for your lovely email. We will send you a formal thank you letter
next week when Rasika returns from South Africa, but the in the meantime
THANK YOU for giving us one of, if not the most enjoyable experience of our
Since we arrived home, we have both been repeatedly asked what the most
enjoyable experience was whilst we were away, to which we have both replied
"Well, the whole trip was fantastic and there is not really one experience
that we can single out...although our visit to Kayamandi was unforgettable!". And the photo album on your site is providing many people with an idea of just how fantastic the visit was, until we get our 32 rolls of film developed!
We have started collecting some materials that we would like to send to the
Creche that we visited in Kaya, mainly books and games for 0 - 5 year olds
(they are in English though) and packs of stickers. We were also hoping to
send several packs of coloured pencils, crayons, etc. Are these the sorts of
things that the creche can use? In not, could you please let us know what
materials/assistance we can provide, as we would very much like to help.
We have definite plans to return to South Africa, sooner rather than later,
and hope to be there sometime in the next 2 - 3 years. In the meantime, we
will keep in regular contact and will send through copies of our Kaya photos
for both you and the kids.
Once again, we can not thank you enough and hope to see you and Bette again soon, either in your beautiful country or ours.
Nishara and Cameron :-)