Allan, Jean, Suzanne, David and Danielle Cathro and their friend Emmanuel

Edinburgh - Scotland

Umlazi - Kwa Zulu Natal - SA

5 Decemeber 2007

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I met the Cathro family and their friend Emmanuel at the North Wharf Hotel and we started our day with a visit to Table Mountain and then we went on a township experience


Suzanne does "the Titanic" on top of Table Mountain  JJ

Doing the Table Mountain shuffle J


Emmanuel, David, Danielle, Suzanne, Jean and Allan enjoying champagne atop of Table Mountain


At the Afrikaans Language Monument in Paarl


Friends at the Afrikaans language monument


Enjoying lunch at Lily in Kayamandi




Lily showing off her kitchen and famous stove


Please click on the above picture to see Suzanne and Emmanuel dancing with Pelokaze and Vivi
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Please click here to see Jean and Suzanne teaching the Masakhane kids a highland fling
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With Nozandile and Johannes outside of the shack home - Can you spot Jean? J


David meets a young friend in Zone J


Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi




David and Jake, who acted as David's "bodyguard" in Zone J  J 



Day 2

Cape Peninsula


In Kirstenbosch Gardens


Looking at the Hard Rain (Bob Dylan) posters in Kirstenbosch


The whole group framed by Kirstenbosch flowers


Danielle gets into an awkward pose for one of her great photo creations


Hiding under a Kirstenbosch tree. J


More photos in Kirstenbosch


Buying postcards at the Kirstenbosch shop


Guess who was left to pay fro the postcards. JJ


Having a baby kingklip lunch at the Seaforth restaurant near Boulders Beach


Emmanuel proves that he finished his fish lunch happily. JJ


Don Pedros here we come!  J



At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach


At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background - It was a very windy day!



Fun picture taken on the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve



Suzanne looking a bit skeptical after seeing the retreating chacma baboon in the above picture



Danielle lines David up for a fun picture at the Cape of Good Hope


The whole group at the Cape of Good Hope


After our visit to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve we made our way back to Cape Town via a very windy Chapmans Peak, Camps Bay and Sea Point

It was great fun to take this sextet around Cape Town, the Winelands and Kayamandi. We had much fun together in all that we did and I do believe that everyone had the opportunity to obtain a great idea of what my city and its peoples were all about. Truly a great tour and most certainly one that was enhanced by us having Emmanuel on board with us. Overall a very happy group with a very strong social commitment to the peoples of the world and with that said, recognising the latter, this just had to work for me tourwise as well as in personal capacity.




Received 1/1/2008


Dearest Selwyn,

To quote a well known tour guide "Wow, Wow, Wow". 

Our South African experience was just that from beginning to end. This
country of stark contrasts never failed to delight, surprise and challenge
at every turn.

Our special time with you was all too brief yet we seemed to pack so much
into two extraordinary days.

The Dassie Den, Kayamandi, Lily's Chakalaka and the famous stove, Nozandile
and Johannes, the children of Zone J, the amazing Masakhane dancers,
Kirstenbosch, Boulders Beach, Don Pedros and Chapman's Peak - these are
memories that will stay with us all.

We were also very sad to part company with you on our departure from Cape
Town. By the way we followed your recommendation to dine at Gold and had a
wonderful evening.

On our journey to Knysna a new tour guide emerged from within the group. It
seems you now have a rival in the form of Emmanuel who would point out
places of interest (in the style of Selwyn) along the way. In fact he did so
well we nicknamed him 'Little Laduma'. The rest of our trip around the
Western Cape gave us an introduction to the beauty, diversity and vastness
of the country.

Then came Durban. Big, Brash and Busy it seemed we had been transported to another world. We were greeted at the airport by around 20 or so of
Emmanuel's family and neighbours along with a small troupe of Zulu dancers
who performed some special dances on the pavement outside the airport - what a welcome!

Selwyn I won't even try to describe our time there with the people of Umlazi
township which gives us a great excuse to return and tell you in person.

However the highlights were:-

A visit to Zwelebanzi High School in Umlazi especially arranged by some of
the teachers and the head teacher who although the school closed for the
vacation were proud to show us the developments taking place due to the
relationship and support of James Gillespie's school in Edinburgh.

A huge welcome party at Emmanuel's home in Umlazi.

Spending days on the beach with our friends from Umlazi.

A ride in a Kombi with about 24 people packed in (probably illegal) and the
sound system turned up to mark 20. I am still waiting for my insides to
rearrange themselves as I was sitting just above the Bass speakers.

Being welcomed at Emmanuel's family church where they went to the trouble of designating one of the priests to translate the whole service to English for

Having experienced all that I feel we have probably only just scratched the
surface of this great and beautiful country and people.

Regrets - not having met the special lady that turned Selwyn Davidowitz
around. I believe your wife's name is Bettie and it would be an honour and a
pleasure to meet with her next time. 


Our offer of sponsorship for a special event / day out for the kids of
Kayamandi stands until it is needed and is gifted without reservation.

We had some great news recently - Emmanuel has passed his matric exams and will hopefully be in Cape Town University soon. We are working hard here to help with sponsorship. (watch out you may see 'Little Laduma' up Cable
Mountain one weekend with a group of bewildered Japanese tourists)

Selwyn you have touched all our lives with your boundless enthusiasm for
your country and your love and support of the people of Kayamandi. We spoke
about you every day of the remainder of our trip and continue to think of
you fondly. May your work continue to thrive and prosper (but please please
try to groom a successor). 

The attached photograph will always remind us of that special 'Zebra'

We will return and meet again

Our warmest regards and a very Happy New Year

Allan, Jean, David, Emmanuel, Suzanne and Danielle