,It's a funny old time of year - in South Africa it's winter, the sun is low in the sky and the temperatures can be pretty low, too. In the UK, at time of writing, it is raining and windy.
So here's a photo to brighten things up a bit, courtesy, as ever of the Grahamstown Project (TGP). Here we see two young entrepreneurs rummaging among the shweshwe prints in Jacksons store in Grahamstown/Makhanda. With the help of TGP these young men will be helped to grow their tailoring business.
Anyone not familiar with shweshwe, a traditional range of prints, can see just how gorgeous they are. What you can't see or feel is the thickness of the cotton and the distinctive smell of the starch which was used to preserve the material on long sea voyages.
... and at home
Well, not a lot to impart. We wait for the final report from our pilot project and are working to find new projects to support. Despite the gloomy financial situation in Africa and the uncertainties in the UK, we are determined to find people to whom we can offer useful vocational training and partners to help us realise this vision.
Our trustees meet in September and we will be holding our first AGM – details of this will appear on the home page of this website soon.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.