Sunday February 24, 2013 -The Residence


We are picked up at the airport by car organized by The Residence. This is a great luxury in a city you don’t know very well especially a very large city like Johannesburg. Our driver, Lucky answers our questions on the drive, chats about his life and takes us past Mr Mandela’s house which is in beautiful Houghton and looks like a lovely respite for this country’s much-loved and very elderly leader. On arrival we are shown to a beautiful room where I slept for a couple of hours – Gord less so because of discomfort. Adrian was waiting to greet us coffee in hand. We had lunch with our hosts on the beautiful terrace where it’s warm and humid enough that I felt very relaxed and comfortable. After a swim and chat and a rest we met for drinks on the rooftop terrace – gorgeous- and welcomed our SA guest for dinner. He is ex managing director of DeBeers (London, I think) now involved in many important SA charities including one which supports the education of 200 students from a tough JB area bringing them to a private school by taxi (which in Africa are vans holding up to 20 people) and offering them the best education possible. A drop in the bucket, our guest says but at least it’s something. We have met many white South Africans, on this trip and our last one, who are working to improve this country that is so beautiful and has been through so much trauma in the last century.

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