Melanie, Mark and Joe Bowen

Chester - UK

14 February 2006

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I met the Bowens at Oceana Guesthouse and we set off on a cultural history tour which included the township of Kayamandi.


Joe, Mark and Melanie at Plattekloof with Tabel Mountain in the background


The Bowens at the Afrikaans language monument


We travelled on to Kayamandi and paid a visit to the Isibane Sempumulelo Creche
(The "light at the end of the tunnel" creche)







We visited Lily at her home where she served us a wonderful typical Xhosa lunch





Mark, Lily and Melanie outside Lily's home in Kayamandi


The whole family with Lily showing off the wonderful views that one sees from Lily's home


We stopped in at Nosandile's shack where I took the above picture of Nosandile, the Bowens and some of the kids who visited us while we were visiting Nosandile. JJ


Mark and Nandi having fun while Leisl awaits her turn too. JJ





We visited the St.Pauls church in Zone J


With the kids of Zone J


Enjoying the chorus of Bani Bagotso (Children of peace) before leaving Kayamandi

The Bowen family were absolutely awesome to tour with. They were wonderful to have in the vehicle as company at all times. Together we had so much fun on the day that we never even realised that we had toured together for close to 10 hours overall. In summary what more can I say other than "a BIG HUGE THANK YOU from me to Melanie, Mark and Joe.

What a wonderful experience this tour was!


Received 2 April 2006


Please accept my apologies for the delay in sending your our thank you, no excuses other than once we arrived back in England the rushing around starts again!

We would all like to say a great big thank for a super day spent out and about with you at the Afrikaners Monument and Kayamandi. I have never known 12 hours pass by so quickly.

The Kayamandi trip is something that I am so glad we decided to do, I suppose that it is all to easy to come to South Africa and not see anything other that the tourist side of things and missing out all together what is really going on and what uphill struggles the majority of the people face.

I think to see the people of Kayamandi and how their lives appear to be is something that will certainly stay in our minds and it certainly made us realise that we have nothing to moan about! It was an extremely humbling experience. 

Have you had chance to make any progress with the sponsorship idea for the schoolchildren? Selwyn we would definitely be interested when you have something in place.

Selwyan, I have received a note form The Oceana with regards to the clothes we left, are you still interested in picking them up? If you're not can you please let me know asap and I'll let The Oceana know and perhaps they can pass on to their own staff.

Once again Selwyn, a great big thank you from all of us and I look forward to receiving your note with regards to the clothes.

Kind regards