Years back between 2003 and 2006 I worked for the gold mine client in Lero, Guinea, West Africa. Grant and his team, like now, contracted for the client. Apart from being secretary to the maintenance manager, I was also the social secretary for the whole camp. When Karel arrived for his monthly visit this week, and Grant told him that I'd organized a special dinner for his birthday, he said: who told you it's my birthday? Grant laughed and said Jo remembers dates very well and remembers your 40 -something birthday in Lero in 2005.
After a company meeting, we carried out the cake I'd baked that day and with one candle lit, we all sang to Happy Birthday to Karel, after which he did the traditional thing and blew out the flame!
BB's abound on camp. Here Karel photographs his cake to send home to wife, Sonya in South Africa
Karel looked quite emotional while the lads sang to him
With the team: from left to right: Dipend, Narinda, Rajaman, Taufique, Karel, Marnitz (Karel's son), Grant, Juba and Juine
The above photo was taken in 2005 in Lero, Guinea, West Africa. This was the sixth cake I'd cut that month. Sonja, (the gorgeous blonde behind me) and Karel look on
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