Blogs from Gauteng, South Africa, Africa


Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 9th 2015

In honour of my return to South Africa, I thought I would share a few of the words and phrases that baffled me on my first trip here (and second, and third... ). The obvious ones are things like ‘braai’ (barbecue), ‘robots’ (traffic lights) and ‘biltong’ (dried strips of meat, a popular snack). ‘Ya, you just turn left at the robots, past the biltong store and we’ll meet you at the braai for some snoek’ ‘Eh?’ I like to think I have adopted fairly successfully the language that is South African English. My family often make fun of my British-Yorkshire-South African accent, which is a product of non-Yorkshire parents, a Yorkshire childhood, and many months in South Africa trying to communicate with my boyfriend’s nieces and nephews who simply do not understand a word I say ... read more
Feeling patriotic
Only in SA

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg May 6th 2015

This trip to South Africa happened on a whim. I had 8 days off coming up and knew I did not want to spend them in Kuwait where I work. I started looking at different places to visit, Nepal. India, Mauritius, Malta, just places I have heard about and thought might be interesting. One morning while I was eating breakfast downtown and searching I over heard a few ladies from the UK talking and one said that she was getting ready for a holiday in South Africa, and the others said that they had been there several times. I couldn’t understand why someone would go back to the same place so many times. This got me to thinking. I had always wanted to go to Africa, hunting but could never justify the cost; I started researching ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 14th 2015

March 14, 2015 (Johannesburg, RSA) After a quick light dinner at the City Lodge Hotel, a good night's rest and a shower we met for an early breakfast. We packed into two small cabs and were off to O. R. Tambo airport - a large international hub for sub Saharan Africa. Lots of connecting flights to exotic sounding places! We're soon to board a regional jet to Manzini where Helen Pons is scheduled to pick us up and take us to Mabuda still officially a travel day. Not much else planned for today, and activities will start in earnest tomorrow. The weather is pleasant - warm and sunny with a comfortable breeze blowing through the airport waiting lounge, where we'll load a bus to take us to the tarmac in a few minutes. Next blog ... read more
Exotic Destinations

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 13th 2015

March 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, RSA) Flight DL200 landed safely in Joburg 14:39 minutes after takeoff from Atlanta. With some good tailwinds early in the flight, we made good time, though the middle third of the trip was a bit rough including the last 20 minutes of approach into the airport. The flight wasn't 100% full - I had one of the few empty seats next to me, so that made the trip a little easier. Watched a couple of movies, TV shows and listened to some new albums and dozed the rest of the time. Feeling pretty good once we landed. After clearing Passport Control, getting our bags, clearing customs, we met with the welcoming team and moved over to the City Lodge Hotel about 10 minutes from O.R. Tambo Airport. A quick dinner and now ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 12th 2015

This is my last day in Africa and my last day in Johannesburg – and it’s a very special one. The early part of my adventure was all part of the Give Movement Journey 2015 – the activities of the past few days are a result of my master networking skills and abilities, and I mean that in all sincerety. Most of my colleagues continued on to various safari trips after the Give Movement 2015 project. Prior to coming to Africa, I asked my colleague Sandy Salle ( to connect me with some of her contacts in Zimbabwe (this is her native home and she is a very generous soul!). She made the initial introductions and I took it from there – resulting in the start of new relationship with Hema Vallabh, B... read more
Night out with the girls!
Vanessa's pool
Thanks to Vanessa Perumal for hosting us!

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg March 9th 2015

And another beautiful, sunny morning in Johannesburg – hello, everyone! Today is a special day and one that is so near and dear to my heart. It is International Women’s Day and I am participating in the Global Mentoring Walk. What an honor. What a thrill – and, again, another activity so in alignment with my WHY! Let me share the story of how this came about – because I want my clients and other entrepreneurs to understand the power of relationships, networking and asking for what you want – skills I have mastered and which I use for the greater good. When I was invited to join Suzanne Evans and Sandy Salle on the Give Movement Journey 2015, I was more than happy to return for the 2nd time. I know that one of the ... read more
daily news under hotel door
yummy breakfast
on our way to the Mentoring Walk

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg » Bruma March 2nd 2015

And here I am - after 2 very long days of travel - intersting times on the road, though. It is 27 degrees Celsius - quite a change from -25 at home when I left. It is delightful to be met by my guide, Natasha (all arranged by and my buddy, Sandy Salle!) - when one is at the level of fatigue that I was getting off that plane, it was nice to be told where to go and what to do, LOL. The hotel I am staying at is right at the airport so it was just a short walk away and off we go. The room is really quite nice - very comfortable and it was only moments before I hit the bed. I only intended to sleep for 2-3 hours but ... read more
coming into Johannesburg
lovely swimming pool
fitness room

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 19th 2015

February 19, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) Well time has come to leave Africa. We had a productive, inspiring and very educational trip. We have made new friends, discovered new adventures and now have some exciting projects that will help deliver much needed care in rural Swaziland. Next stop for Taylor and I is Atlanta via Delta flight 201! See you then! Jeff is off to Munich and then Nepal. With an itinerary like that, we think he's working as a spy! ;)... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) We spent the night in the City Lodge Hotel in O. R. Tambo airport which made it more convenient to catch the flight to Manzini. The hotel had a nice breakfast included with the room and after breakfast we walked over to the airport. The check in was in Terminal B and once I got my suitcase checked, and ticket in hand, found our that it left from Terminal A. O.R. Tambo is a large spread out airport so there was a bit of walking involved. Boarding was smooth, the passenger load was light and the flight uneventful – a quick 30 minutes and we disembarked at the new King Mswati III International Airport (SHO) ahead of schedule.... read more

Africa » South Africa » Gauteng » Johannesburg February 13th 2015

February 13, 2015 (Johannesburg, South Africa) The Global Eye Care Program (GECP) is dedicated to the World Health Organization's Vision 2020 Programme for the elimination of preventable blindness due to cataract by 2020. Our work follows the tenets of WHO Vision 2020 and targets underserved populations in Oklahoma (our home) as well as in Swaziland and Southwestern China (Chengdu, Sichuan Province). Our activities center around being a technical specialist to help advance and expand existing eye care in Swaziland in alignment with a National Eye Care Programme. Today there are two ophthalmologists operating in Swaziland at Good Shepherd Hospital and at Mbabane Government Hospital and nine optometrists serving the entire country. A 2008 WHO repor... read more
Cataract Screening

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