Despite the gradual lifting of various restrictions, here's a sight I wasn't sure I'd see anytime soon. But here we are. Three of Khanya's trustees on a slightly grey day in the Grahamstown/Makhanda township.
From left to right, Adrienne Hall our newest trustee, who brings a wealth of experience of fundraising, Ade Lusmore chair, and Christina Thomas, vicechair. In fact, Ade and Christina had never met Adrienne face-to-face until the day before this picture was taken. It was good to spend time together and show Adrienne what Khanya has been able to achieve.
The local authority hasn't covered itself with glory during the pandemic and the amount of rubbish in the streets and potholes was sad to see. Though in fairness we should add that the main streets in the centre of town had been resurfaced.
Here we are with some old friends: Christian Carver of African Musical Instruments, Jane Bradshaw, friend, supporter and organiser for Khanya, Ade our chair, Saki, our former apprentice and now a proud and skilled member of staff at AMI, and Christina, the vice chair.
Time and time again we were reminded that Zoom will only get you so far. AMI had always said that taking on Saki was a one-off for them. However, as we chatted we realised that there may be further scope for collaboration. Nothing is set in stone, but a friendly chat over a cup of coffee revealed an opportunity that business via Zoom wouldn't have.
There is much to relate about our trip, the first for two years, too much for one posting, and more will follow in the next week or so.
Christina Thomas is a trustee of Khanya and serial volunteer at Amasango Career School.