Saturday, July 14, 2012

Ten year celebration

and a visit from a friend! 

Grant's senior Production Manager, a South African called Thys,* celebrated his tenth year in Mwadui. Although in South Africa, people stay at one specific mine site between thirty  and forty years, I've never before heard of an expat staying on one mine site outside SA. As you can imagine Thys has seen many people come and go on this mine. He's recorded their names in a diary and has promised to show me the list some time. He also has a plethora of stories, and we often hear a few of them when he joins us in our new shamba behind our house.

 Thys wearing his team's jersey for the match featured on telly with Grant congratulating him on ten year's service 

As we usually do on Saturday evenings, last week we congregated at the club for the men to watch rugby on the big screen. As a surprise, the Client had baked a cake for the occasion and at half time Grant called Thys away from his seat in front of the telly. We then presented him with the cake while Grant made an appropriate speech thanking him for his loyal service to the mining industry in general and the company in particular. 
Moi, Thys, Grant, Marnitz from Caspian with the client's assistant manager, Kwet

 A cake baked in honour of Thys' milestone 

Later this week, we had a BBQ in the new shamba behind our house. This time it was to send Thys off on his three-week holiday in South Africa! 

Later that evening, friends Ntsia and Rob jouned us for the BBQ which Marnitz had cooked 

On Friday just before lunch, Grant phoned me to say we'd be having two extra guests for lunch. Our friend, Johan, from Keirio Valley, Kenya, is now working on a Tanzanian mine two hours south of our camp. He had just flown in from his leave in SA and as he has to pass our town on his way back to camp (well, within about 50 kms!) he and a collegue, Tinus decided to pop in and see us! 

Many of my blogger friends will remember Johan as the guy who lived just down the lane from our house in Chebutie Camp in Kenya. He was there on "single status" which means although he's married, his wife and family are back in SA while he works away. It became a tradition for Grant and Johan (who support the same National team) to watch rugby together on Saturday nights and also for Johan to join us for Sunday dinner every week. It sure was good to see him again today! 
Johan and Tinus joined us for lunch today!

I hope you're all having a wonderful weekend. 

* Note: the name Thys, pronounced "Tace", is short for Matthys, the Afrikaans version of Matthew.


  1. That's nice to have some social life and you have a male harem, lol !
    Your little garden looks real nice !

  2. Jo , looks like a nice time with your friends. The cake looks yummy and I like your Shamba. Are there any women there? Great shots, thanks for sharing your day. Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Very nice, Jo and congrats to Thys who no doubt was touched by your kind gestures. I'm sure he will be enjoying his time off in SA. How nice to now have a garden to relax in while you have a brai.

  4. p.s. How great that you were able to see Johan again! The world is a small place ;-)

  5. What a nice celebration you had for Thys! And it was nice of Johan and Tinus to stop by for a visit. Isn't it great to meet up with old friends again after a long time apart?!

    I deduced that a shamba is a patio! Nice to have privacy with the fence there.


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