Reflections XI – Memories (are made of this)

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Things we’ll miss about DCS:

Many, many people (with apologies to those I miss out): the triumvirate of ladies who really run the school – Mrs Marx in the staff room, Joyce in reprographics, Lina in the laundry.  Dayle and Paulus from the site team.  The security guys, especially Prosper, who welcomes us with a big smile when we come back late. The team in the boarding house kitchen/canteen.

Far more of the learners than we can possibly name.

The singing of the choir, especially rehearsing in the old chapel.

The congregation holding hands together in church as we sing the Lord’s Prayer.

Fitness boot camp (for Val)

The wonderful shower in our apartment

Working with Viloshni and Nthlane (Lucky)

Social occasions with Brighton, Darryl, others


Things we won’t miss:

Those (few) times when I have had to discipline learners

The toilet in our apartment, which kept going wrong

The ants, mosquitoes and the odd cockroach that have made occasional appearances in our apartment

Fried fish in the boarding house


Things we’ll miss about Johannesburg:

The weather

Bananas, cappuccinos

Taking Uber taxis, allowing us freedom: not to navigate, not to park, to drink

Friday evenings in Maboneng: a lovely meal out, great theatre (mostly) at the POPArt, home by 9.15

Swimming in the local (open air) pools

World class theatre – Woza Albert, Sophiatown, the shadows play… all for a mere pittance

The street art and the buzz of Johannesburg


And things we won’t:

Feeling trapped in our caged compound, not able to walk out the gate

Rubbish on the streets


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