A house burnt down

The Lions hand over blankets

On Thursday 11 Augustus the house in which Anna Ntaka and her family live, burned down, destroying virtually everything inside – furniture, belongings, documents. The house is in Kagiso, in Ward 9, which is De Waal Venter’s Ward.

De Waal appealed to the Krugersdorp Lions for help and got overwhelming support. Derek Carter and Ivan du Plooy contributed blankets.

On Friday 12 August Ivan and De Waal visited the house to distribute the blankets. Ivan identified some other needs and promptly arranged for new doors and window panes to be installed.

The family were rather dazed by the shocking event, but they expressed their gratitude to the best of their ability.

The photo shows Anna (holding blankets) with Ivan and De Waal and some small fry.

Three days after the fire. John Malebo stands in the place where there used to be a shack in the back yard. The fire started in this shack. The debris has been cleared away completely.

John standing at the newly installed back door. The door hasn’t been varnished yet.

In Kagiso visitors rarely use the front door. You always go to the back door when visiting a house.







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The Storytellers Crossing Boundaries evening on Friday 15 April was a very enjoyable event. We had a good audience and the storytellers were really entertaining. The theme was “parents and children”.

After the storytelling we socialised and enjoyed snacks and drinks together. The venue at St Peter’s Anglican Church seems to suit people better than some venues we used in the past.

This is a small step in the direction of creating better understanding among people. We hope to continue with this project and to slowly help build a culture of tolerance and friendship.

Thank you very much for these photos, Peggy. Now we can all see what it was like.

Father Mpho tells his story, De Waal pays close attention

Dennis Pretorius tells how he had to walk to school as a child

Dennis Pretorius, storyteller Gabriel Morare, storyteller Francois Venter, Father Mpho and De Waal

Storyteller Francois Venter

The audience

Tony, Ivan and Pam

Waiting for the storytelling to begin


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Designer rainwear

On Sunday 3 April we had another enjoyable outing to the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

Half way through the walk it started raining and we had to get back to the Nestlé Centre very quickly. De Waal continued his talk on the animals in and around the Garden. There is an interesting collection of skulls, stuffed specimens, rocks and fossils inside the Centre.

Did you know that elephants were related to dassies (hyrax)?

It was still raining when we wanted to get back to the cars. Fortunately had his special rainwear, designed in Paris, at hand.


Raincoat designed by Jean-Baptiste Rubbiche

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Diabetes testing

Photos by Peggy. A busy day!






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St Patrick’s Day!

Peggy sent in this photo and added:

Do you recognize this couple? They won the ‘ best dressed
couple’ at the Midrand Lions Club St. Patrick¬† evening held on Saturday

You can hazard a guess who it is…


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Late Christmas parcels

Here are photos that were taken at the TB Ward today when Martha went to deliver the late Christmas parcels.






Puseletso and staff






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Christmas party in the Garden

Our Christmas party in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens was a bring-and-braai. Everyone brought a “mystery” gift, carefully wrapped to disguise its nature. We had a lot of fun finding out what those wrappers concealed!

It was a typical hot summer’s day, just right for the braai and something liquid to go with it. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Well done Robyne!

Who is this bunch?

Contemplating the bench


Pam, Terry and Willem


Aldyn had something interesting to say


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