Category Archives: racial development

de la Rey, de la Rey

Our new home was 10 Rose Street, Uniondale. The Boers called it Rose Straat, rose being the Afrikaans for roses, when it was in honour of British  Field Marshall Hugh Henry Rose, 1st Baron Strathnairn,GCB, GCSI, PC (6 April 1801 – 16 … Continue reading

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The Big Onion.

Leaving Botswana in 2004, we established ourselves in Uniondale, Western Cape, South Africa. Despite its English sounding name, Uniondale turned out neither to be English nor unified. It didn’t take too long to peel back some of the layers. This … Continue reading

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Pressure Builds

One of Sheila’s cows fell ill with mastitis (Staphylococcus aureus), which should be easily treatable with penicillin, but it evolved into blue udder and gas gangrene, which the new vet, Gordon Strick, told us was often a fatal disease. He … Continue reading

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The Militant Nurse

1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, saw the inevitability of the re-unification of Germany, as Communism failed with the bankruptcy of Russia. Exciting times, indeed, on top of our own South African political metamorphosis. At St. Vincent’s Hospital … Continue reading

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Dunlop Necklaces – 1990.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. On our little farm, we put a dairy room next to the milking parlour and roofed the section between that and the old wooden kitchen, which was now a workshop that housed the Wolseley power-paraffin … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

My next job for Basil Read was a ten kilometre tarred road with a pier and beam concrete bridge over the Komati River in the smallest of the Apartheid derived black Homelands, KaNgwane. It was ironical that I was once … Continue reading

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Muslims, Milk, Karate & Tennis

From the farm, the road ran through Jinnah Park, the “Indian township” of Apartheid South Africa, just outside Warmbaths. They were mostly Muslims, and only a few Hindus. The Ravat family had a large general-dealer. There were at least three … Continue reading

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