Paul Nacht and Joan Altman

Stu and Ruth Agranoff

New York - USA

10 August 2008

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I met Paul, Joan, Stu and Ruth at Cape Codogan and it most certainly did not take long to become acquainted with this fantastic foursome. Soon after our meeting up we set off on  Cape Peninsula journey.

We travelled to Muizenberg, Fish Hoek and Simonstown. We stopped in at Simonstown and visited "Just Nuisance" before moving onto the penguin colony

 

Stu photgraphing Ruth at the penguin colony at Boulders Beach

 

Ruth and Stu at the penguin colony

 

Paul and Joan at Boulders Beach

 

Leaving the penguin colony

 

Ruth meeting up with some Chacma baboons on the cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

 

Stu and Joan having fun amongst the baboons

 

Stu and friends. JJ

 

Paul and Joan at Cape Point

 

Having fun at Cape Point

 

Paul at Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

Ruth and Paul at Cape Point

 

At the most south western point of Africa - The Cape of Good Hope

 


 

DAY 2

WINELANDS AND KAYAMANDI

 

Unfortunately Paul and Joan had an attack of gastro and could not join Ruth, Stu and myself on tour this day

 

At the Afrikaans language monument

 

 

With Lily in her Kayamandi home

 

Having fun with the ballroom dancers at the Ikamva Centre

 

Ruth and Pienkie dancing at the Ikamva Centre

 

Having fun with the kids in Zone J - Kayamandi

 

 

 

 

Ruth with a family in their shack home in Kayamandi

 

Ruth handing out apples for the fruit for trash project.

 

 


 

DAY 3

KIRSTENBOSCH and STELLENBOSCH

 

Joan did not feel well in the early part of the morning so while Ruth and Stu joined me on a tour of the Kirstenbosch Gardens  we took her to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital where she was well taken care of.

 

Ruth and Stu in the succulent garden.

 

 

Walking on the landings at Kirstenbosch

 

Stu looking at buying a hat in the Kirstenbosch shop

 

Ruth surrounded by color in the Kirstenbosch shop

 

After our walk through Kirstenbosch we  travelled back to Chriistiaan Barnard Memorial to fetch Paul and Joan whereafter we moved onto Stellenbosch

 

Ruth and Stu on Ernie Els's farm

 

Winetasting at Ernie Els

 


This foursome were a great fun group to travel with . We had a wonderful time together and I enjoyed touring Ruth, Stu, Paul and Joan immensely. This quartet were so easy going and full of fun that it would have been very hard to have failed in making their tour a a success.  We had much fun while driving together. It was such a pity that Paul and Joan could not join us on our second day; as a matter of fact this was the only "downer on the whole tour.   I hope that this fabulous foursome enjoyed our tour as much as I did and at the same time hopefully attained some  insight into what Cape Town and its inhabitants are all about.

 

THANK YOU  THANK YOU
RUTH, STU, PAUL AND JOAN

 


Received 3 September 2008

 

Hi Selwyn,

Thank you for a great experience in Cape Town. I haven't forgotten that you would like copies of Stuart's photographs. Your pictures on your website are terrific. Below is a copy of an email I distributed at school to see if some of our students would like to fund-raise for Kayamandi.
Fondly...Ruth

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From: Agranoff, Ruth
Subject: Senior Experience - Kayamandi

Hi all,

As part of my vacation this summer, I visited the black township of Kayamandi in South Africa. It was a rather moving experience. Over 50% of the people live in shacks, and the average life expectancy is 45. Our tour guide, Selwyn Davidowitz, is very involved with the township. He has been very active in creating a community center, educating students outside the township (the schools in Kayamandi have 50 students per class), and providing fruit for children.

I'm wondering if any of our seniors would be interested in fund-raising for the township. You can read about Kayamandi on Selwyn's website - www.ILoveCapeTown.com. Go to the bottom of the page a click "Township Tours", and then also click on "Improving Kayamandi". 

I have great pictures that are in the process of being developed. The kids in this community are adorable and happy, even though most live in true poverty.

If any students are interested, please have them look me up or send me an email. I have no experience working with the senior programs or fund-raising, but I don't see that as a problem. I'll connect the students with Selwyn and assist in any way I can. 

Thank You!
Ruth
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