Day 9 – The Townships are wrapped
Today was our last production day in the Townships. We spent the first half of the day with Nelson in Ramaphosa Township, an “informal settlement” that is supported with nutritional and educational programs by The Calabash Trust. The tour company Nelson works for established this NGO in order to help township visitors make a direct impact on the townships they visit. Ramaphosa is one of the Port Elizabeth townships that is most in need. To learn more about Calabash Trust you can visit their URL http://www.calabashtrust.co.za
I will now start the photography section of today’s blog with some crowd pleasers.
After Ramaphosa we headed off to meet Lubabalo and his Nephew, David. We had some “finishing touches” production to do in several areas including the Jarvis Gqamlana school in Red Location.
Keith and Jason made the mistake of accepting David’s challenge of a game of checkers. They were eviscerated rather quickly.
We wrapped for the day and for this section of the trip. We celebrated with a few Windhoek’s (local beer) and did some body surfing on the beach across the street from our hotel. The water here is steel-balls cold. It has been pretty strange spending all day in the townships, then coming back to a beach side hotel. A bit surreal.
The slave driver in me put together a pretty taxing production schedule so tomorrow we are off to spend our last day in this part of SA at Addo National Park. Some of the other visitors that are staying in our hotel have been returning from Addo with some amazing pictures of massive wild African elephants and warthogs etc. We are excited for a little R&R.