His Excellency Jeremiah Nyamane Mamabolo travels to present his credentials to The Court of St James

2022-11-01T00:53:06+00:001 November 2022|News|


Following the announcement of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday 19th September 2022, The High Commission will observe the bank holiday. Services at 15 Whitehall will resume on Tuesday 20 September 2022.

2022-10-17T11:57:14+01:0015 September 2022|Home Affairs, News|

Vacancy at the South African High Commission for a Cleaner

Starting Salary:
£16,993 – £19,581
(Salary notch dependent on schooling and previous work experience)

Working hours: Monday to Thursday from 06h00 – 14h45
with lunch from 13h00 – 13h45
Fridays from 06h00 – 13h00
No lunch
A copy of the Duty Sheet for this position will be
forwarded to interested applicants on receipt of an
email addressed to joubertam@dirco.gov.za

A minimum of 5 years schooling PLUS (1) one year cleaning experience

Supporting Documents:
Applicants are required to submit their full Curriculum Vitae (with a daytime contact number), accompanied by a covering letter, confirming their working status in the UK (right to work in the UK) and original or certified copies of their schooling certificates and further educational certificates (if any) and work references (letters from previous employers)

All supporting documents to be submitted. Applications with no certified copies of schooling certificates and letters of work references will not receive attention.
The appointment of the successful candidate is subject to the submission of the mentioned original schooling certificates and letters of work experience.


* Energetic and confident person who can work under pressure, is a team player and has excellent public relations skills

• Good interpersonal skills

• Knowledge of South Africa an advantage

• Proficiency in English (spoken and written)

• Ability to work independently

All the applications should be forwarded to Ms M Mabaso, Third Secretary (Administration), South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, LONDON, WC2N 5DP.

Queries to Ms M Mabaso, mabasom@dirco.gov.za and copied to Mr S R S Makgabo, makgabos@dirco@gov.za

The High Commission is only able to appoint applicants who are permitted to work in the UK. This excludes those on Commonwealth and Student Visas.

Closing date: Monday, 28 October 2022

2022-10-17T10:21:09+01:0031 August 2022|News|

Invitation to service providers to conduct a property valuation and conditions assessment reports on 5 (five) Official Residences owned by the South African Government in London, United Kingdom.



Invitation to service providers to submit 5-year property

management proposals for the management of the 6 Official

Residences of the South African High Commission situated in


CLOSING DATE: 11h00 on 20 October 2022


The High Commission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Kingdom wishes

to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced multi-disciplinary property

management service provider, to operate, maintain and manage the state-owned

residential properties for a period of 5 years.


The South African Government owns the properties that are used as residence for

the officials representing South Africa to the United Kingdom. The properties are

listed below:

1) South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP

2) Highveld, 71 Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7AG

3) 21 Cavendish Close, London, NW8 9JB

4) Flat 7, 24 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 7DJ.

5) 51 Alexandra Park Road, London, N10 2DG

6) 20 Lower Merton Rise, London, W1H 7DJ

The High Commission of South Africa to the United Kingdom intends to maintain

these properties in a good, functional, and serviceable condition. To this end, the

South African High Commission wishes to appoint a service provider who will

provide property management services.


3.1 The High Commission shall provide to the successful service provider with access to

the properties as well as access to the relevant documentation that might assist

service provider to execute their duties.

3.2 All information and documentation provided to the service provider should be

treated as confidential and may not be shared with any person or entity not directly

responsible for the execution of this project.

3.3 All information and documentation prepared by the service provider shall become

the intellectual property of the High Commission of South Africa to the United



The appointed service provider will be required to assess and report on the condition of the

property and its building systems, develop a short, medium, and long term, costed,

maintenance plan, and implement preventative and corrective maintenance work as directed

by the Mission. The service provider/s shall be responsible for the following project scope:

4.1 Document Review and Interviews

4.1.1 Project manager must collect and review the available government record sources, public available documents, drawings

4.1.2 Assess reasonable time and costs

4.1.3 Conducts interviews with relevant role players

4.2 Objective of document reviews and interviews:

4.2.1 The service provider should carry out document review and interviews to achieve the following.

Understand the documents of the property.

Obtain additional information from relevant persons.

4.3 Walk-Through Survey

The service provider will be expected to carry out the walk-through survey with an aim of visually observing the subject property to obtain information on material systems and components and identify physical deficiencies and any unusual features.

The consultant is expected to document representative conditions with photographs and use reasonable efforts to document typical conditions present including material physical deficiencies. The inspection of the site should look at the following amongst others.

4.3.1 Topography:

Observe the general topography of the site and any unusual or problematic features or conditions.

4.3.2 Structural Frame and Building envelope:

Identify the primary building including parking structures on the subject property and type of the basic structure (steel, wood, cast-in place concrete, re-cast concrete, concrete block, etc.).

Further observe the building substructure including foundations systems (noting presence of cellars, basements, or crawl spaces), building structural frame (floor framing system, and roofing systems).

Building envelope including facades or curtain wall systems, glazing systems, exterior sealants, exterior balconies, doors, stairways, parapets, etc.

4.3.3 Roofing:

Identify and observe the material roof systems such as exposed membrane and flashings, including parapets, slope, drainage, etc. Check for evidence and or need for material repairs, evidence of significant ponding or evidence of reef leaks.

Inquire as to the age of material roofing systems and whether the warranty or bond is in effect.

4.3.4 Electrical:

Identify the electrical service provider and observe the electrical distribution systems including distribution panels, transformers, meters, emergency generators, general lighting systems and other such equipment or systems.

Observe general electrical items such as distribution panels, types of wiring, energy management systems, emergency power, lightning protection, etc.

Identify any observed or reported special or unusual electrical equipment, systems or devices present.

4.3.5 Plumbing:

Identify and observe the material plumbing systems including piping (for sanitary, storm and supply water) and fixtures, domestic hot water production and note any special or unusual plumbing systems.

4.3.6 Heating:

Identify the basic type of heat generating and distribution systems and apparent and reported age of the equipment, past material component replacement or upgrades and the apparent level of maintenance exercised.

If the heating systems is shutdown or not operational at the time of the survey and provide opinion of the condition to the extent observed. Observe any special or unusual heating systems or equipment present such as solar heat.

Identify in general terms reported material tenant-owned systems that are outside the scope of the Property Conditions Assessment (PCA).

4.3.7 Air conditioning and ventilation:

Identify basic type of air conditioning and ventilation systems including cooling towers, chillers, (including type of reported refrigeration used), package units, split systems, air handlers, thermal storage equipment, material distribution systems, etc.

Identify the apparent or reported age of the material equipment, past material component upgrades/replacements, apparent level of preventative maintenance exercised or whether a maintenance contract is reported to be in place

If air conditioning and ventilation systems were shut down or operational during walk through survey and provide opinion on the condition to the extent observable.

Identify any special or unusual air conditioning and ventilation systems or equipment such as refrigeration equipment for ice skating rinks, cold storage systems, special computer cooling equipment, etc.

Identify in general terms reported material tenant-owned systems that are outside the scope of PCA.

4.3.8 Vertical Transportation:

Identify the vertical transportation type, number of cabs/escalators, capacity, etc.

Observe elevator cabs, finishes, call and communication equipment, etc.

Identify whether maintenance contract is reported to be in place, and if so, identify the service contractor.

4.3.9 Life safety/Fire protection:

Identify and observe life safety and fire protection systems including sprinklers and standpipes (wet or dry, or both), fire hydrants, fire alarm systems, water storage, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, emergency lightning, stairwell pressurization, smoke evacuation, etc.

4.3.10 Interior elements:

Observe typical common areas including, but not limited to lobbies, corridors, assembly areas, and restrooms.

Identify and observe typical finishes, i.e., flooring, ceilings, walls, etc. and material building amenities or special features, i.e., spas, fountains, clubs, shops, restaurants, etc.

4.3.11 Storm water drainage:

Observe storm water collection and drainage systems and note presence of on-site surfers’ waters, and retention and detention basins.

4.3.12 Ingress and egress:

Observe the major means of ingress and egress.

4.3.13 Paving, curbing, and Parking:

Observe the material paving and curbing systems.

Identify the types of parking, i.e., garage, surface, subsurface, etc., number and type of parking and loading spaces, and any reported parking inadequacies.

4.3.14 Landscaping and appurtenances:

Observe landscaping (trees, shrubs, lawns, fences, retaining walls, etc.) and material site appurtenances (irrigation systems, fountains, lighting, signage, ponds, etc.)

4.3.15 Special utility systems:

Identify the presence of any material special on-site utility systems, special power generation systems, etc.

Identify, if available, material systems information such as system type, manufacturer, systems capacity, systems age, systems operator, etc.

4.3.16 Additional considerations:

The professionals should also focus on the following additional issues that may not be necessary be part of the scope but still important to the user for complete property assessment.

i. Seismic considerations: relating geological surveying methods involving vibration

ii. Design considerations: (hurricane, tornadoes, high winds, floods, snow, etc.

iii. Insects/Rodents infestation:

iv. Environment consideration, i.e., R22 gas

v. Asbestos and any other hazardous elements:

vi. Mould:

vii. Indoor air quality:

viii. Property Security Systems:

4.4 Objective of walk-through survey:

4.4.1 Identify full set of material physical deficiency of the subject property

4.5 Preparation of opinions of costs to remedy the physical deficiency

4.5.1 The service provider will be expected to provide opinions of cost to remedy the material

physical deficiency observed. These will be used to give a general understanding of the

physical conditions of the subject property.

4.5.2 The opinion of cost should include approximate quantities, units, and unit costs per line item.

4.6 Objective of 3.5:

4.7 Draft Opinion of cost/bill of quantities

4.8 Building and Facilities Maintenance

The service provider shall operate and manage the building as follows:

Inspection and maintenance of all building fabrics, structures and envelop, including roof waterproofing and damp proofing (Where applicable)

Operation and maintenance of all mechanical installations including HVAC,

Fire suppression systems, the maintenance of lifts, generator, and UPS.

Inspection and maintenance of all civil and wet services including water reticulation and supply of cold/hot water systems, wastewater, and drainage systems

The service provider will develop a planned maintenance priority programme for the building over the next 3 years that will inform planning and funding by

Head of Missions.

4.9 Reporting

a. Condition assessment report

The service provide is expected to provide a condition assessment report which is costed indicating preventative and corrective maintenance activities to be undertaken on the building and its systems to ensure full functionality.

The report should include an indication of the utilization and efficiency level of the building and its systems.

The service provider should make recommendations on facilities management activities that must be executed in order of priority to ensure that the building

supports service delivery and is complaint to occupational health and safety regulations.

b. Period reports

Outside the weekly and monthly regular preventative maintenance, the service provider will be expected to conduct a quarterly review of the maintenance requirements of the property and provide quarterly reports to the Permanent Mission.

On an annual basis the service provider shall perform an annual building inspection and report on the following building element using the annual building checklist to be developed and agreed with the Head of Mission.:

Building fabric, internal and external structures and infrastructure, the structure of its components

Ground, parking, and walkways

Electrical service and distribution

Electrical auxiliary and standby power

Energy systems

Airconditioning and ventilation systems

Water supply and drainage

Environmental equipment and systems

Environmental Health and Safety Audit (to ensure compliance with fire, safety, and other relevant regulations)

Daily operations

The service provider shall operate the building systems and equipment and co-ordinate day to day operational activities with the Head of Mission as required.

The service provider shall as required operate the building during working hours, and sometimes on weekends and holidays if there is an emergency to be addressed.

6 Health and Safety requirements

The appointed service provider shall ensure that the building is managed so that they provide safe and healthy work environments in accordance with relevant Local Authority Bylaws.

7 Professional standards

All work undertaken by the service provider shall be in accordance with the minimum requirements of relevant legislation, good industry practice, to appropriate professional and technical standards and comply with requirements of the appropriate professional bodies including guide notes and codes of practice where applicable.

The service provider shall exercise all reasonable skill, care, and diligence in thedischarge of the duties required by the service agreement.

For the duration of the service level agreement the service provider shall provide sufficient trained personnel for proper performance of the obligations under the service level agreement.

8 Entering a property management Contract

a) The High Commission of South Africa to the United Kingdom will enter a Property Management contract with the successful service provider.

b) The Property Management contract will include terms for emergency and ad hoc maintenance work that the Mission will need.

8.1. Property Conditions Report

The service provider must prepare and submit the Property conditions report in an acceptable format. The proposed writing protocols should include.

a. Suggested remedy

b. Significance of the physical deficiency

c. Disclosure of the information source

d. Representative description and observed conditions

e. Documents

f. Credentials

g. Executive summary

General Descriptions

General physical conditions Short. Medium and long term costed maintenance and refurbishment plan

Consultant relationship


Purpose and scope


Walkthrough survey

Document Review and interviews

Additional considerations

Opinions of cost


Limiting conditions



The bid will be evaluated in two phases (i.e., Phase 1 and 2) as follows:

9.1 Phase 1: Responsiveness Criteria

The minimum requirements that must be met by prospective bidders in order to pass to the next stage of the evaluation process: Requirements

A copy of company registration and company profile.

A detailed quotation which will itemize all costs on services offered by means of the specification submission of all documents to be in English only


All prospective bidders must avail themselves for a compulsory on site briefing at the Official Residence located at the properties in paragraph 2. Non-attendance of the briefing will invalidate a bid/tender submitted.

Kindly confirm attendance with Mr Sello Makgabo, Corporate Service Manager, South African High Commission to the United Kingdom, using the following email address:


4.2 Phase 2: Functionality Evaluation criteria.

A panel shall evaluate all tenders received on the functionality criteria as reflected below. A bidder that scores less than seventy percent (70%) in respect of “functionality” shall be regarded as submitting a non-responsive bid and shall be disqualified.

Criteria Weight

1. Previous experience of the last three property/facilities management contract done in the last five (5) years with similar or bigger project scope.

Create a table as below:

Client Project


Project description

Date commenced

Project value

Date completed

Contact person

Contact Number

Matrix: 5 years + 3 references = 1

6 years + 4 references = 2

7 years + 5 references = 3

8 years + 6 references = 4

9 + years + 7 references = 5


2. An estimated project program reflecting realistic timeframes for the above works must be provided, as well as an indication of the impact the works will have on the Embassy during assessment. The property management plan from appointment date (including delivery date for the required parts) must be clearly stated

from quotation approval to close out.

1 Months = 5

2 Months = 4

3 Months = 3

4 Months = 2

5 Months = 1


3. Provide a CV of a Project Manager with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience and relevant qualifications.


Total 100


4.1 All enquiries may be directed to the High Commissions Administration on the following contact details.

Tel: 0207 451 7256

Email: makagbos@dirco.gov.za

Cc: bennd@dirco.gov.za

4.2 Prospective service provider/s should submit their quotations in a sealed envelope with the details of the specific request on the outside of the envelope to:

High Commission of the Republic of South Africa to the United Kingdom

South Africa House

Trafalgar Square



4.3 Submissions should be hand delivered/emailed to the above-mentioned addresses on or before 11:00 on the closing date as indicated to be 20 October 2022

4.4 Prospective service provider/s suppliers are encouraged to submit their quotations before the closing date and time, as late submissions will not be accepted.

2022-10-04T08:31:59+01:0014 July 2022|News|

Important: Passport Notice

Important developments at the Home Affairs Section of the South African High Commission in London

We are pleased to inform you that the Department of Home Affairs has outsourced passport services to VFS Global with effect from 01 June 2022. Please book your appointment on the link below:


The following services will still be rendered at the High Commission by appointment:

1. Notice of birth/ birth registration

2. 1st ID book and ID book replacement (Smart ID Cards are only issued in South Africa)

3. 1st Adult passport i.e. 15 1/2 year olds who have never been issued with an ID book/Smart Card.

4. Amendments i.e. Change of forenames / Change of Surname (NOT due to marriage or divorce).

5. Emergency Travel Certificate

6. Death registration

7. Consent for minor passport applications (For parents in different countries)

The following services are rendered strictly by post:

1. Retention of South African citizenship.

2. Renunciation of South African citizenship.

3. Determination of citizenship status

2022-08-02T21:40:59+01:002 June 2022|News|

Memorial Service for Lord Bob Hughes held at South Africa House

A memorial service for Lord Bob Hughes of Woodside, former Chair of the Anti-Apartheid Movement (AAM) from 1976 to 1995, was held at South Africa House last night, organised by ACTSA, the successor body to the AAM.

2022-04-27T17:36:16+01:0027 April 2022|News|

SS Mendi 105th Anniversary in Portsmouth

The South African High Commission, led by Deputy High Commissioner Charmaine Fredericks, participated in the SS Mendi 105th Anniversary in Portsmouth on 21 February 2022.

The sinking of the SS Mendi was caused by the reckless action of the captain of the SS Darro. It remains the greatest ever wartime disaster suffered by South Africa. During the First World War, there was a shortage of labourers, which, despite the draft, caused delays in moving supplies from the rear to the front lines. SS Mendi was transporting 823 men and officers of the fifth Battalion of the Native Labour Corps from Cape Town to Le Havre, via Lagos and Plymouth.

On 21 February 1917, a large cargo steamship, Darro, collided with the SS Mendi in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight. Mendi sank killing 646 people, most of whom were black South African troops.

This tragedy is commemorated every year on 21 February.

2022-02-23T00:03:39+00:0021 February 2022|News|

Video Tribute to Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

Featuring: HE Nomatemba Tambo, The Rt Hon the Lord David Steel of Aikwood, Richard Stone, The Rt Hon the Lord Paul & Lady Janet Boateng, Teddy Coleman, John Battersby, Lela Kogbara, Brian Filling, Zeinab Badawi, Tony Dykes, The Rt Hon the Lord Peter Hain, Anne Page & Adam Glasser. Archive performances from: Tessa Uys, Sir Antony Sher, Dame Janet Suzman, Pumeza Matshikiza & Nicola Emmanuelle.

2022-02-22T03:23:45+00:0021 February 2022|News|

Memorial Service for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

A Memorial Service for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JH) on Monday 21 February, 2.00 pm.

The service, which is being organised with the South African High Commission, will include tributes to the Archbishop Emeritus and the Ambassador from those who knew them, an Address from Revd Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, personal memories from Clive Conway, Chair of Tutu Foundation UK, Professor Chris Mullard, Honorary Consul, and music from St Martin’s Voices. Refreshments at South Africa House will follow the service.

2022-02-23T00:04:10+00:0021 February 2022|News|

South Africa House mourns the loss of Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza

News of the passing of Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza, who was the South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2001 to 2010, has been greeted with great sadness by all at South Africa House.

Family spokespersons, Mavuso Msimang and Lindiwe Sangweni-Siddo, announced yesterday afternoon that Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza had “passed away peacefully this afternoon, Monday 06 December 2021, in the loving company of her family.”

We extend our deepest condolences to her family and to her numerous friends and colleagues in South Africa, the UK, and around the world. She will be fondly remembered and deeply missed.

Dr Lindiwe Mabuza was appointed High Commissioner to the UK by President Thabo Mbeki in 2001, having already served as Ambassador to Germany and to Malaysia and The Philippines, and prior to that as an MP in President Nelson Mandela’s first government in 1994. Her diplomatic career began in 1979 when Oliver Tambo appointed her as the ANC’s representative to Scandinavia, where she survived a bomb attack on the ANC offices in Stockholm, before being transferred to the USA where she opened an ANC office in Washington DC.  Long before coming to the UK, Ambassador Mabuza had established a reputation as a distinguished and formidable diplomat whose passion for her country, its people, culture and economic transformation, shone brightly.

During her double tenure as South African High Commissioner to the UK Ambassador Mabuza was responsible for many notable achievements, too numerous to list comprehensively, but some prominent highlights include the Solidarity Conference in 2003, which brought together 1,300 delegates and a third of the South African cabinet over a weekend at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster, to account for the new South African Government’s first decade in office and to look forward to the decade ahead.

2004 marked the 10th Anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa, during which Ambassador Mabuza organised numerous events around the UK with various stakeholders, including a special commemorative service at St Paul’s Cathedral addressed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the “Unity Gala” – a concert featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra held at the Barbican in November 2004.

Freedom Day itself was marked with a concert in Trafalgar Square, organised with the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.

In August 2004, Ambassador Mabuza arranged with the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Lesley Hinds, to take a massive South African contingent to a special Edinburgh Festival event in Princess Street Gardens, called “South Africa in the Gardens” . This featured the South African Navy Band, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and headlined South African jazz musicians Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu.

Several other major conferences followed, including the South African Sports and Investment Conference held at Chelsea Football Club in April 2006 and the African Union-Caribbean Diaspora Conference held in London in April 2007.

Ambassador Mabuza was the driving force behind the 2007 publishing of “Oliver Tambo Remembered”, a compilation of recollections of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo by prominent public figures who engaged with him internationally. She worked with Haringey Council to unveil a bust and memorial garden dedicated to Oliver Tambo, close to his former residence in Muswell Hill, where his family lived in exile and where our current High Commissioner, Ms Nomatemba Tambo, was raised as a child.

In the same year, she also worked with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to give proper recognition to the 650 sailors and members of the South African Native Labour Corps who perished on the SS Mendi when it went down off the coast of the Isle of Wight in 1917.

In 2008, Ambassador Mabuza was deeply saddened by the passing of Mike Terry, a close personal friend and former Secretary General of the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK, who had helped her with numerous projects up to that point in time. To honour his memory and acknowledge his enormous contribution to South Africa, she organised a memorial for him at South Africa House, attended by 300 people along with members of his family, dignitaries, friends and colleagues dating back to his student years.

Also in 2008, she hosted a dinner at South Africa House in honour of President Thabo and Mrs Zanele Mbeki.

Throughout her tenure Ambassador Mabuza supported many charities, often making South Africa House available for free for them to host events, dinners and exhibitions. She was an ardent supporter of the Phelophepa Health Train, for which she helped to organise annual fundraising gala dinners. She loved Ardmore Ceramics, maintaining a healthy personal collection, and enthusiastically supported Action for Southern Africa, Community HEART, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, and many other charities benefiting South Africa.

Ambassador Lindiwe Mabuza was also a prolific author and poet, publishing many books and anthologies of both her own work, and compilations like Oliver Tambo Remembered, to preserve an historic record of people she greatly admired for future generations. She also hosted a large number of book launches at South Africa House, including, amongst others, The State vsNelson Mandela: The Trial that Changed South Africa by Joel Joffe, and The Mission: A Life for Freedom in South Africa by Denis Goldberg.

She was passionate about culture in all forms, but especially music, and she regularly organised concerts featuring South African artists living in or visiting London. She assisted Pumeza Matshikiza and the late Siphiwo Ntshebe by helping to arrange scholarships for them at the Royal College of Music in London.

Finally, in 2010 her tenure came to an end, leaving many fond memories and a much expanded circle of friends, not just for herself, but for the country she represented so capably and enthusiastically.

In 2014, she was awarded the national Order of Ikhamanga for her contribution to the arts.

Ambassador Mabuza returned to the UK a few times after her retirement from diplomatic service, most recently in June 2019 to launch her new book, “Conversations with Uncle OR Tambo” and again in October 2019 to attend the unveiling of a statue of Oliver Tambo at the Albert Road Recreational Park, which has since been renamed the Oliver Tambo Recreational Ground.

Former President Thabo Mbeki paid tribute to her today, saying “Amb. Mabuza was a self-effacing, guileless, and humane person, who served our country and its people with distinction for well over half-a-century in various capacities during both the struggle for our liberation and the democratic dispensation. Following our country’s liberation in 1994, she was among the first women who were tasked to represent our country as Ambassadors.” 

Current High Commissioner Ms Nomatemba Tambo said today;

“Life is so strange.

My father said it was a circle that always returned you to a part of your past. That’s what happened to us.

Aunt Lindiwe would often send for me when she was the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. When I would ask her why, she would say it was because she loved me and needed to be in my company from time to time. I think she was prophetic and was giving me a glimpse into what to expect in my future.

She was forever busy, strategizing, innovating, bending procrastinators to her charm and vibrancy.

Aunt Lindiwe was a bit of a task master and workaholic.  Good.  She achieved the most spectacular results in her work, wherever she was posted, but for me I saw it in London.

She had the gift of bringing people together. She had the gift of polishing rough diamonds until they themselves knew how brightly they shone. People loved her, as did I. Very much.

Her smile was irresistible. Loyalty was something she treasured in others and stood by steadfastly herself. 

Aunt Lindiwe will be greatly missed. We all say that about those we know who have passed on and they are, but for me, I feel as if the air we breathe is a little heavier.

Who would have thought that 10 years after her post in the United Kingdom ended, that she would be visiting me here, doing her old job. As always she was generous, kind, joyful. A delight. I will miss the way her face would light up when she saw you and she would sing out your name like a hymn.

Aunt Lindiwe, the mould has been broken.”

2021-12-09T03:46:06+00:007 December 2021|News|
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