A Bakkie-load of Old Furniture

Heartfelt thanks to Leonie Yendall and Rodney Yendall for their donation of a bakkie-load of old furniture for our Khanya Trade Skills Project.

Leonie contacted me following our appeal on 27 Jan. Scroll down the timeline to read that piece.

Our three woodworking trainees now have materials to practice their woodworking and carpentry skills. Also, great opportunity for them to make extra money as they work with Rowan and Claude to lovingly restore the furniture.

Sibusiso and i took a drive out to Leroy Nguni Stud & Radway Green B&B last Thursday morning to collect the load. The grasslands are beautiful and the cattle healthy after magnificent Jan / Feb rains.

A team of 7 – led by Leonie – loaded up before Leonie dashed off to the cattle auction in Grahamstown.

With the load securely fastened we drove back to the workshop to be greeted by a very appreciative team.

Thank you also to Mike And Rebecca Powell for lending us their “Red Bomber” bakkie for the morning.

Happy Sunday to all.



Before moving back to Grahamstown in Oct 2017, Graeme was a bank executive based in the big smoke and craziness of Joburg. He has 20 years’ experience in the Payments Industry. He is a Chartered Accountant, has a Masters in Management by Research (MMR) from Wits Business School, and attended an Advanced Management Programme (AMP) offered by INSEAD (The Business School for the World!) in France.  

Graeme is the founder of The Grahamstown Project. It’s simple. He says, “Grahamstown is a microcosm of South Africa. If we can’t get this place to function properly then the whole country is stuffed. Many of the troubles we experience as a country today have their roots here in Grahamstown. it is here where black and white people first engaged in conflict on the African continent. It is here where 9 wars of dispossession over 100 years took place and virtually destroyed the amaXhosa nation. But we are where we are. I don’t have a British passport and the boat-trip back to where my ancestors came from is exorbitantly expensive. Furthermore, this is my home. I am a son of Africa. We must work together to redress the injustices of the past and move as one into a brighter future.”

Graeme is an avid historian, writer, vlogger and public speaker. Like and follow the Facebook page. Join him on a tour. Contact him. He would love that.