I also mentioned yesterday that I had made umpteen snacks for the special farewell function at the Client's club on Saturday night. All in all between me, Head Chef Paulo, Chef Michael and the entire Guest House staff, we produced fifteen trays of snacks.
We had samoosas, mandazi (a square-shaped not-so-sweet doughnut) meatballs, boerwors (SA farmer's sausage) tuna fish cakes, potato skins, potato croquettes, sardines on toast and fried pork sausages served with hot English mustard. I personally wanted to make "things on sticks" which hail from the sixties and seventies and are quite passe today I think. (It turned out to be a more tedious job than I remembered!) I also made a foccacia bread for the BBQ meal and which the guests could break off in chunks and eat with knobs of butter.
It was a very formal occasion with speeches from all sectors of the mine and surrounding areas. The venue was beautifully decorated and although I placed my snacks on the tables before the guests arrived, I forgot to take photos!
The interior of the venue before the guests arrived. Several of my snacks are on the table in the foreground
Makes you wonder if you're in rural Africa after all!
Guests started arriving and soon got chatting to each other. In the top left photo is our new General Mining Manager, Arlen and his wife, Marita. Bottom right corner is Tilla and Wessel who have been in Mwadui the for ever so long !(eight years)
Grant and his management team: Thys, Production Manager who is Caspian longest -serving employee and the longest resident of Mwadui; Jo, caterer, carer, arbiter/peacemaker and general mother to all; Grant, Contracts manager and Johan, Plant Manger
By 7pm the proceedings were under way. Although it was Charl, the outgoing General Mining Manager's farewell, the incoming General Mining Manager, Arlen and his wife, Marita were warmly welcomed at the same time. What a treat it is for the expat women of Mwadui to have another lady on site.
Arlen, the new General Mine Manager
Once the Client management had made their speeches and presented their gift to Charl, the MC called Grant to the podium. At this point I left my seat which was quite far from the podium and followed Wessel (one of the official photographers for the evening) to a closer vantage point.
The Contracts Manager strides purposefully towards the podium!
Although I wrote Grant's speech, (ahem!) he ad libbed quite easily
As a Contract's Manager to the client (in this case a diamond mining company), Grant has taken a lot of flack from their management. Originally he was
hauled into summonsed to the GM's office so regularly that he got to know everyone else in the HO complex. This caused great laughter in the audience as everyone has experienced the same treatment over time! However over the past two years, he has built up a rapport with the Client. He thanked Charl too for welcoming us into the community.
Part of Grant's speech causes great amusement in the audience
Charl chuckles as he remembers the many "chastisings" he gave the current Caspian Contracts Manager!
Grant presents the gift from Caspian management and staff to Charl
Grant and I bought Charl's gift in Bloemfontein. As Charl is an enthusiastic hunter, we bought him a hunting knife. We had it engraved and back home in his workshop in Marquard, Grant crafted a beautiful wooden box for it. Once he'd completed the woodwork part of the job, he lined the inside with green felt and added a small hasp and staple fastener.
The engraved hunting knife in its own box which Caspian gave Charl as a farewell gift
Once the speeches were over, the guests joined a queue and served themselves to BBQ'd meat and accompaniments. A great time was had by all.
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