||Issue No. 308 -- 22 November 2004
Quote/s of the Week
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Bits and Bobs
The Legal Beagle
Where are they now?
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I have received some interesting e-mails from various people who have been reminiscing about Hartbeespoort Dam and water skiing... it’s great to hear from subscribers!
We took the boat down on Saturday and launched it at the Hartbeespoort Boat Club – had to pay quite a bit to get it in for the day – but... it got launched and we all skied! Today I can hardly type due to unused muscles! Waterskiing is an intensive sport – and if you don’t do it on a regular basis you get stiff quickly when you do it again (if that makes sense!).
We watched parts of the 94.7 cycle race yesterday as my youngest son Emmett was taking part. This was his first time so he was one of the last hundred cyclists starting off – he did quite well and next year will be higher up the pack. Today he is walking up the stairs quite slowly! That was why we couldn’t ski on Sunday – all the roads around us were closed for the race.
For those of you who are not into hectic exercise, the rains have been quite good over the past week... not sure that anything significant has reached the dam but I don’t think the level has gone down any further.
These from me...
Where there is love there is life. - Mahatma Gandhi
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. - Sophocles
Patience with others is Love, Patience with self is Hope, Patience with God is Faith. - Adel Bestavros
We cannot really love anybody with whom we never laugh. - Agnes Repplier
He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. - Albert Einstein
Send in any quotes you love... that have some special meaning for you... and I will use at least one every week. Usual address! email@example.com
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Welcome to our new section! Each week we will feature a question and answer sent in to the Company for Immigration. We hope these will help answer any questions you might have regarding any part of the coming home process. If you would like to send in your own question, please feel very free to do so.
We will also be featuring a great amount of information on the SAW Website (www.saw.co.za) under the Coming Home section. You can also find out info by visiting our newly relaunched site, South Africa Online (www.southafrica.co.za) and checking out the Coming to SA section.
Here is a bit more info...
Whenever and wherever South Africans meet, the surest way to start a lively discussion, is to ask someone for an opinion about emigration from or remigration back to South Africa. In 2002 we (i.e. the non-profit immigration service, Company for Immigration, and the trade-union, Solidarity) realized that the return of South African expats had become a fact and that their inputs are essential for the growth and development of the country. We are neither interested in a debate about the reasons why people leave or come back, nor about the merit of their decisions. We prefer to provide a practical service instead:
offering advice and assistance to prospective remigrants;
addressing the problems which cause people to emigrate; and informing people about the pros and cons of emigration, to help them make an informed decision before leaving.
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This week’s Q&A...
Peter of Dubai writes: I want to import my car to South Africa. Where can I find out more about the process?
Reply: Dear Peter, general information can be obtained from www.regulatory.co.za. Click on the "Automotive" button. It is a very complicated process to import a vehicle and many hidden costs may arise. We therefore recommend that you use a reputable customs clearing agent to handle the process on your behalf. Free quotes in this regard can be obtained from Carin Botha of Elliott International at email@example.com.
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The Good News - South Africa's positive economic future
The past ten years have been good for the South African economy, with a record forty consecutive quarters of positive economic growth since 1994. The even better news is that South Africa's leading economists agree that over the next ten years we are likely to see still higher and more sustainable levels of growth and employment generation than we already have.
This news came out of a conference hosted by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) last week, called "The South African economy - the next 10 years". Professor Ben Smit, director of the BER, predicted that Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a standard measure of economic performance, would grow on average by 3,6% from 2004 to 2008 and 4,5% from 2009 to 2013. This is a step up from the 2,5 to 3% average growth that we have seen over the past ten years.
Smit said that domestic demand is expected to remain high, while inflation should remain within the 3-6% target range set by the Reserve Bank - inflation is expected to average 5,2% for 2004 to 2008 and 5% for 2009 to 2013. Like inflation, interest rates are also expected to remain at historically low levels. Unemployment, which has been a thorn in the side of the economy for several years now, is also expected to ease, with an average 1,3% annual growth in formal sector employment from 2004 to 2008 and 1,9% between 2009 and 2013.
The only significant factors that may constrain the levels of economic growth are HIV/AIDS and the low skill levels amongst the South African labour force. However, the impact of both of these factors are likely to be lessened as the government's antiretroviral treatment programme takes effect and the improved levels of education improve skill levels across the population.
In the more immediate term, Absa senior economist John Loos said that retailers can expect the 2004 festive season to be very good, as consumers continue to benefit from the stronger currency (the Rand went below R6 to the Dollar last week), low inflation, low consumer debt levels, another possible interest rate cut when the Monetary Policy Committee of the SARB meets in two weeks, and lower petrol prices next month. This bodes well for the economy, as consumer demand is a driver of economic growth.
Cees Bruggemans, chief economist at First National Bank, pointed out that the financial position of low income earners has improved over the past ten years, as borne out by the 112 000 Mzansi bank accounts for low income earners that have been opened since their launch on 25 October. The Mzansi account is a joint effort by Standard Bank, First National Bank, Absa and Nedbank, as well as the state-owned Postbank, aimed at making banking more affordable for poor people.
Economist Mike Schussler took the opportunity to challenge the idea of South Africa being classified as a poor country, saying that the country is far wealthier than most people think and that GDP growth may well be higher than has been believed to date because of the way it has been measured, possibly even as high as 5 to 6% a year. Schussler said that "if you still think this is a poor country, you need your head read".
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52 Best Stories – Why We Have Kids
When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.
... My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.
... My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.
When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen.
... My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.
When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
... My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.
When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that.
... My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."
When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.
... My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from?
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
~ Author Unknown ~
One Man’s Australia
I have begun to realise that in my advancing years my motorcycle trips are becoming poetic – in that the ideas for them seem to be coming from Australian folk-poetry.
Two years ago Robert and I rode the Alpine Way from Khancoban to Jindabyne, the highest road in Australia and the setting of the Banjo Paterson poem “The man from Snowy River” – which was made into a Hollywood film. The opening stanzas are printed on our $10 note.
In the 1890s Banjo Paterson wrote a poem, Waltzing Matilda, about the death of Alfred Hoffmeister, a trade union organiser, near Winton in Queensland during the shearers’ strike. It was set to music by the daughter of the family he was staying with at the time.
The International Rugby Board expressly forbids Australians to sing it at Rugby World Cup matches for fear of bloodshed due to over-excitement.
Visiting it is on my list of “Things to do”.
My next trip, planned for the autumn of next year, will be to follow the poem of Henry Lawson “The Lights of Cobb & Co”. I quote it here and there in this note – and use the Australian word “bushranger” for “highwayman”.
“Fire lighted; on the table a meal for sleepy men;
A lantern in the stable; a jingle now and then;
The mail-coach looming darkly by light of moon and star;
The growl of sleepy voices; a candle in the bar;
A stumble in the passage of folk with wits abroad;
A swear-word from a bedroom the shout of "All aboard!"
"Tchk tchk! Git-up!" "Hold fast, there!" and down the range we go;
Five hundred miles of scattered camps will watch for Cobb & Co.’
It is now 150 years since the first "git-up" was given to the horses pulling a Cobb & Co passenger coach. Between 1854, when the first coach ran from Melbourne to Bendigo, and 1924, when the last coach ran in outback Queensland, the company created one of the world's great coaching empires. At its peak, Cobb & Co coaches travelled 44,800 kilometres a week and 6000 of its 30,000 horses were harnessed every day. It was possible to travel by Cobb & Co from North Queensland to Melbourne.
The company helped to break down the tyranny of distance by using cutting-edge coaches built in its own factories, specially bred horses, skilful drivers and regular staging posts where grooms were capable of changing over a team of horses in minutes. It also acquired a vast pastoral empire and invested in mining and smelting industries.
But the company was most famous for its red-and-yellow coaches (see fig aus0424-1) and their equally colourful drivers. The coaches inspired poetry such as Henry Lawson's “The Lights of Cobb & Co” while the drivers - usually called a "whip" or "jehu" - earned fame and phenomenal wages in return for their ability to get through on time despite terrible roads and bushrangers. Passengers paid a premium to sit next to them on the outside box seat so they could hear their yarns. See fig 0424-2.
As the writer Anthony Trollope once noted, the name Cobb & Co in effect became an Australian common noun for coach travel.
The widely travelled Trollope marvelled at how Cobb & Co coaches used roads that would be deemed impassible in Europe, and added: "The wonder of the road was in the badness of the road and the goodness of the coachmanship. I here pronounce my opinion that the man who drove me from Cobb's Camp to Brisbane was the best driver of four horses I ever saw. Had he been a little less uncouth in his manners, I should have told him what I thought of him."
Between Bathurst and Bourke, a remarkable amount of heritage linked to the company can still be found with the help of the mapped and signposted Cobb & Co Heritage Trail.
There's also no end of historic buildings associated with the Cobb & Co era. Hotels were a particularly integral part of the Cobb & Co story, and following the company's footsteps can be turned into one big bush pub crawl.
Freeman Cobb, a young American, started Cobb & Co but sold out of the business in 1856. In 1861 it was taken over by a syndicate that turned it into a colossus that was bigger than Wells Fargo. The key player was another remarkable American, James Rutherford, who in 1862 moved the company's headquarters from Victoria to Bathurst, the first Australian city to be founded west of the Blue Mountains, where it it remained until his death in 1911.
I did my competition gliding as a member of the Bathurst Soaring Club and as an early teenager Robert learned to fly over Cobb & Co country.
Freeman Cobb returned to the United States when he sold out of the company, and built himself a large mansion at Brewster, Mass.
In 1871 he went to South Africa where he established a line of coaches from Port Elizabeth to the Kimberly diamond fields.
He died at Port Elizabeth in May 1878. He was 48.
From Bathurst there are three beautiful drives that follow old Cobb & Co routes. One goes through Blayney to the gold settlement of Carcoar, a heritage-listed village so unchanged to this day that you wouldn't be surprised if a horse-drawn coach or a bushranger suddenly came around the corner. For where there was Cobb & Co there were bushrangers. Tom Roberts's famous painting Bailed Up shows one of the company's coaches on the Glen Innes-Inverell run being robbed. The last bail-up of a Cobb & Co coach happened in 1910.
Ben Hall, Frank Gardiner, John Gilbert, Midnight and Thunderbolt were among the many bushrangers who roamed across Cobb & Co territory. Frank Gardiner is shown in fig aus0424-3.
Just up the road from Carcoar is the grazing property Coombing Park, the one jewel of the Cobb & Co empire still in the family of one of its former owners, William Franklin Whitney. Bought by Cobb & Co in 1881, it has convict-built stables and sheds that have been wonderfully maintained and contain a treasure trove of memorabilia.
Another loop is to head south from Bathurst, taking in historic Perthville, Rockley and O'Connell, communities that were all once serviced by the company.
Cobb & Co usually changed its horses every 15 to 30 kilometres, but while all traces of the old change station buildings have often disappeared, vegetation such as date palms and cactus can give away their locations.
Another drive follows the rugged route that serviced the goldfields community of Sofala and beyond to Hill End. Hill End's Royal Hotel, built in the boom year of 1872, is still serving beer to travellers.
The next stop on the journey to Bourke is Orange, where a touching piece of Cobb & Co memorabilia is the Whitney Fountain in Robertson Park in the main street. "Erected by the employees of Cobb & Co in NSW and Queensland in remembrance of William Franklin Whitney who died at Carcoar in 1894," says the inscription on the beautiful white Italian marble structure. He was greatly loved and Cobb & Co was a model employer, pioneering the eight-hour day for its coach factory employees in Bathurst, to the horror of many locals.
From Orange you can also follow the old Cobb & Co route to Forbes, where bushranger Ben Hall is buried in the local cemetery.
Along the way is Escort Rock, Eugowra, where Gardiner, Hall and gang conducted Australia's biggest coach hold-up in 1862.
The Albion Hotel was the Cobb & Co depot in Forbes and the tower on its roof was used to keep a watch for incoming coaches - a bugle was sounded to alert the grooms to get fresh horses ready.
The Lion of Waterloo, licensed in 1842 and the original change station for Cobb & Co in the Wellington area, is still serving beer today not far from the beautiful west bank of the Macquarie River. Built of bricks, cypress pine logs and corrugated iron, the old pub is wonderfully preserved and makes you thirsty just looking at it.
Across the street is Teamster Park, where the horses were spelled. It is also home to a monument that marks the site of the last recorded duel fought in Australia in 1854. It was "due to the influence of liquor" and there were no fatalities. Behind the pub you can picnic by the river.
Montefiores was the western terminus for Cobb & Co until 1872, when the company began a line from Dubbo, via Warren, Canonba and Gongolgon to Bourke.
From here it is possible to follow in Cobb & Co's footsteps all the way to Bourke using the old roads that follow water courses such as the Macquarie and the Bogan, taking you through the likes of Timbrebongie, Weemabah, Gin Gin, Canonba, Monkey, Gongolgon and Pink Hills - wonderfully wild country that can be alive with birdlife when there has been rain.
“Old coaching towns already decaying for their sins;
Uncounted "Half-Way Houses", and scores of "Ten-Mile Inns";
The riders from the stations by lonely granite peaks;
The black-boy for the shepherds on sheep and cattle creeks;
The roaring camps of Gulgong, and many a "Digger's Rest";
The diggers on the Lachlan; the huts of Farthest West;
Some twenty thousand exiles who sailed for weal or woe -
The bravest hearts of twenty lands will wait for Cobb & Co.”
Canonba, 30 kilometres from Nyngan, is a classic example of a decayed coaching town. Now little more than a name on a map, it was once Cobb & Co's thriving western terminus and boasted nearly 500 people before the railway came to Nyngan.
While the main road from Nyngan to Bourke is these days arrow-straight, taking the shortest route, in the days of Cobb & Co it was vital, particularly in the Far West, for the coach roads to follow watercourses.
The first bridge west of Dubbo was built over Duck Creek at Canonba in 1874 and the remains of an old timber bridge can be seen in the creek today. There is also a monument marking the location of the old community.
Another old Cobb & Co route between Byrock and Bourke followed Mulga Creek and at Kenilworth Station, on a hill above the creek, stands the striking ruins of one the area's change stations made from pise or compacted earth.
Cobb & Co finally reached Bourke in 1872 and out this far camels sometimes had to be used in drought to pull coaches, such was the harshness of the climate and the tracks.
Bourke was not only a hub for many Cobb & Co services, it was also home to one of the company's coach-building factories. The factories made everything from a single-wheel sulky for travelling along narrow tracks to the famed Leviathan, a monster that could seat 72 people.
Because climate has such an impact on timber, coaches were ideally built as close as possible to where they would be used, otherwise the expansion or contraction of wood could play havoc with the vehicles and lead to costly maintenance.
At one time, NSW boasted Cobb & Co factories in Bathurst, Bourke, Hay and Goulburn. Bourke's opened in 1883 and closed in 1899, when all coach-building was transferred to Charleville in Queensland. That factory closed in 1920.
When he was in Bourke in 1892-93, Henry Lawson liked to drink at the Carrier's Arms, a now abandoned pub built in 1879 that was a booking office for Cobb & Co. See fig aus0424-4.
At North Bourke, the mighty metal and timber bridge was built across the Darling in 1883. Cobb & Co coaches heading to Hungerford, Wanaaring, Tibooburra, Wilcannia and Enngonia clip-clopped across it many a time.
From Bourke the road goes north to Barringun, the last stop in NSW on the Melbourne to Port Douglas to Melbourne epic. The bush poet Will Ogilvie caught the Cobb & Co coach there in 1889 to work on local stations and drink at Tattersalls Hotel with another outbacker of Boer War fame, Breaker Morant who, with Handcock his offsider. was executed by firing squad at Pretoria for shooting a Boer prisoner. His real problem was that he was careless. The man was a German and the Kaiser threatened to intervene on the Boer side.
A loop out of Bourke is south-west along the eastern bank of the Darling to the village of Louth and back along the western bank through grand Toorale Station. Toorale Station was so big, it was home to three Cobb & Co change stations. Charlie Matthews from Louth was a famous Cobb and Co whip.
The most famous whip of all was a bloke called Cabbage Tree Ned, who worked in Victoria, and an old joke gives an idea of why whips earned their fame.
A fellow whip spotted Ned's cabbage tree hat laying on the road and picked it up to discover Ned underneath.
"It's heavy mud," said the whip.
"Yes," replied Ned. "I'm standing on top of a coach and six!"
Henry Lawson was so poor he walked from Bourke to Hungerford and back in hellish summer heat, so little wonder he romanticised the lights of Cobb & Co that probably passed him by:
“Swift scramble up the sidling where teams climb inch by inch;
Pause, bird-like, on the summit - then breakneck down the pinch;
By clear, ridge-country rivers, and gaps where tracks run high,
Where waits the lonely horseman, cut clear above the sky;
Past haunted half-way houses - where convicts made the bricks -
Scrub-yards and new bark shanties, we dash with five and six;
Through stringybark and blue-gum, and box and pine we go -
A hundred miles shall see tonight the lights of Cobb & Co!”
I’ll take a camera. I would dearly love to take Robert as a riding mate. For that we will have to negotiate with Fiona as it will probably be close to Gobble’s second birthday and...
Yesterday I did something I haven’t done for a long, long time.
I laughed so long and so hard that I thought I was about to have a heart attack. I even had the ultimate literary allusion: tears streaming down my face. I haven’t had a laugh that reduced me to tears for ages. And tears of joy and laughter are so much more preferable to any other variety anyway.
I am not sure if it was a result of months, or years, of pent up stress that needed a release or whether what sparked off my mirth was justified. Perhaps I should explain.
My Daughter works for HMV as a buyer.
This means that she very often is able to bring home samples and demo music. Sometimes a song or two and on odd occasion a full CD.
I have actually discovered a few bands and singers that have proved impressive enough for me to want to hear more. (I was going to say that I have been inspired to download more of their music but we all know that no one would break the law this way. Including me. Right?)
Generally I am given an album with the comment “this is the sort of old f**t music you like right?” as if when it comes to anything that has rhythm, beat and lyrics I am the fundi. All other discordant cacophonies remain the exclusive pursuit of the youth.
This time however she came back with this mischievious look on her face and handed me a CD and said that she just HAD to get it for me. I HAD to listen to it. This was definitely something I would find a pleasure to listen too. Which is intriguing enough anyway.
Never make a cat curious!
Because when you realise that it is the latest CD from Captain Kirk there is this terrible, awful, inescapable compulsion to play it! There is something that draws you in. Black hole like!
“It’s music Captain, but not as we know it!”
I had only that day read a full-page review of the CD and it had been reasonably nice about the musical merits of the songs contained therein.
Which only goes to show that Canadian critics will applaud anything that is made by a Canadian artist.
Which may explain Celine Dion.
William Shatner however has been trading off his fame as Captain Kirk for years now as well as the myriad comedians who have taken off his halting speech patterns. I am never quite sure whether he has a finely tuned sense of the ridiculous and therefore a strong self deprecating side that is mocking all those Trekkies out there or whether he is in fact sublimely oblivious to everything except his own perceived genius.
I mean his opening sentence in the album covers forward goes as such:
“The studio where we worked in is where Elvis waved his hips”
Think about that for a long time.
I note that the majority of songs on the album have been written by Shatner. Unfortunately they are the ones that are so excruciatingly bad they border on genius.
The one song that I keep listening too to see whether I can in fact get inside the head of Mr. Shatner and understand if this is indeed one huge leg pull is entitled “You’ll Have Time”
I cannot begin to explain the vision it conjures up in my mind. I will however try of course.
Picture, if you will, Shatner sitting on a stool strumming his guitar, with the Monty Python organist sitting naked at an organ pounding away on the keys in the “chopsticks” school of play-the-organ-in-seven-days style. Behind him decked out in fifties beehive hairdo’s are “the chorus”. Three, or more, bobby-soxers with their hands held up in front of them making circular movements and “ooohing” at appropriate moments.
Cue the organ.
“Live life like you’re gonna die because you’re gonna”
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you’re gonna die”
It goes downhill from there. This includes the background singers bursting into full oratory every so often by singing “you’re gonna die” in the Motown doo-wop style. At one stage crooning “dead” after every name that Shatner sing/reads out. By the end of the song they have returned to singing “die” as a background chorus. Spelling out in song “you’re gonna die” before they have a further role to explore in the end they are asked to sing out a litany of disease and distress with which we will be terminated from our breathe:
“Lung cancer, heart attack, diabetes, drug overdose, Choke on a chicken bone, hit by a lightening bolt, spider bite, aero plane crash” and some other dastardly way that I can’t make out that ends with a long drawn out “aaaayyyyyyeeeee”
The interesting thing about this song is that I have to agree with Shatner on its topic. Listen to this album often enough and you will die. From laughing.
Including at the title song
Done in the Spaghetti Western style of music. It starts with the line “You talkin’ to me?” and I am pretty sure that this is a leg-pull. Although whether Shatner is aware of it is a moot point.
Interestingly he has managed to convince a pretty good bunch of musicians to accompany him. Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, Henry Rollins, Nick Hornsby and Aimee Mann to name a few. Which means that musically some of the songs are good. It is merely the way that Shatner delivers the lyrics that I find so amusing.
And the lyrics themselves.
Which means that if I don’t stop listening to them, and they have a morbid fascination, which draws me in, I may just make his claim come true.
Which would make for a pretty lousy epitaph.
But at least I would die laughing. Which is a plus point.
Legal Beagle - USA
How does a citizen of South Africa get a visa to come work in the United States of America? i.e., What are the requirements for the getting visa? How long does it take to get the visa? What are the stipulations in obtaining the visa.
Refer to the Immigration Website for this information: http://uscis.gov/graphics/index.htm
Legal Beagle - SA
This from Peter Graves firstname.lastname@example.org
The following notice has been sent to Travel Agents country wide in South Africa and is contrary to the SA Legal Beagle’s comments recorded in your news letter dated 15th November 2004
Three month exemption for dual passport holders
TNN HAS managed to get official comment from the department of home affairs on the amendment to the South African Citizenship Act and how this affects dual passport holders.
* South African citizens must leave and enter South Africa on a South African passport.
* South African citizens who only hold a foreign passport must apply for a South African passport
* The previous requirement for exemption or letters of permission to make use of a foreign passport has now been terminated
According to Barsa and Asata guidance, dual passport holders must produce both their South African and foreign passport at airline check-in as proof that they do not need a visa (provided they are travelling to a country which exempts them from needing a visa). Visa requirements for the country the passenger is travelling to must be checked and complied with. The South African passport is then produced when going through immigration, where it will be stamped.
The department of home affairs said:
* South African citizen may freely use a foreign passport outside of the country.
* As travellers may not yet be aware of the amendments to the act, and the department will issue South Africans trying to leave or enter SA on a foreign passport with a warning giving them three months to obtain a SA passport
As South Africans living outside the country we were warned that this procedure is already taking place upon entry or departure into South Africa.
Nobody needing help this week.
If you are looking for a lost friend... if you would like old friends to contact you... If you want to find old school friends... if you just want people who used to know you to find you again for a chat...
Send in your info, the info of anyone you are looking for and let’s see if we can find them for you!
I am looking for a man by the name of Rob Evans. Rob was born in South Africa. He should be in his 50's. I met Rob in Philadelphia, PA., in or about 1972. I do not have an address. His father had operated a general store in South Africa, but had died at an early age. Rob's Mom opened her home as a place of respite for ministers and missionaries.
Rob came to the United States to receive schooling in languages and was sponsored by Rev. Bob Rice, the director and founder of Literacy and Evangelism. I do not know what Rob is doing, as a vocation. I would like to
make contact with Rob. Thank you for helping me to locate him.
my address: Pastor Herb Monroe 1212 Red Hill Road Dauphin, PA 17018
home phone: 717-921-2728
cell phone: 717-877-1073
It is that time of year again for the International Bazaar, to be held on 27-28 November, at the FIL (Foire International Luxembourg) – behind the Auchan shopping center.
Hope you will all be able to join us at the South African Stand. We have some wonderful South African wines, beers, cider, mealie pap, tea, biltong, dry wors, boerewors rolls, ostrich steak, liqueur made from ostrich eggs and many wonderful African crafts.
Some of the dolls are made by an orphanage in SA, we also have pure body creams made from Marula which is the fruit of the Marula tree, soaps made from natural products i.e. rooibos tea, oats and honey, etc.
Come and support us and contribute to the worthy causes. Please find attached the poster advertising this event.
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.
Many thanks and looking forward to seeing you there.
Pat and Elaine
Nothing received for this week... please send in jokes!!
A member wrote in and asked for traditional South African recipes. If you have any that you would like me to publish, please send them along.
Cape Kedgeree (Fish and Rice)
2 ounces butter
4 cups cooked fish, flaked
2 cups cooked rice
4 hard-boiled eggs, separated into whites and yolks
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup evaporated milk
In a saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the fish and rice and stir gently to combine. Chop the egg whites and add to the pan, along with salt, pepper, and milk. Stir gently until heated through. To serve, garnish with egg yolks, passed through a fine wire sieve.
Preparations for Bok tour were 'not thorough' [Mail & Guardian]
South Africa rugby team manager Arthob Petersen has said Springbok administrators will have to accept their share of responsibility for the Tri-Nations champions' back-to-back defeats on their European tour.
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