Category Archives: South Africa

WHITE SANGOMA

SANGOMA – Traditional healer, herbalist. As the world gave birth to 2005 Sheila and I were being introduced to a man of great interest to us in that he was not only a fundi botanist, he was a trained traditional … Continue reading

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Backpackers’ Hostel

74 Voortrekker Road was a shell when I bought it in 2004. The original yellowwood  (Podocarpus falcatus ) floors and ceilings had been ripped out as the short term owner had been under the illusion that he would make a … Continue reading

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The Pumpkin & Tsunami

Just before leaving for Australia and New Zealand, I had bought 2 properties in August, 2004, in Uniondale where we had settled. They were both on the main street, Voortrekker Road, next door to each other, despite the fact that … Continue reading

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To & Fro – 2500km each way

Inevitably, I was destined to return to Maun, Botswana, several times to tie up loose ends. Arriving in Uniondale at the beginning of March 2004, we were camping out in our quaint little Victorian cottage with a mountain of work … Continue reading

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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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Gone Missing

Sheila left on a visit to South Africa just before Easter to attend the wedding of her cousin’s daughter, Noleen Shelver. She, with her brother and sister had often spent school holidays with us in Cathcart, Eastern Cape. Noleen was … Continue reading

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