Tuesday, January 27, 2009


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A busy year indeed. Lots of interest from the wider community with delegations to and from Oskarshamn.
  • Tormod, Runo Hageberg- principal of Oskarsgymnasim, Monica Johansson - official at Oskarshamn Kommun and Jonas Lockman- pastor at Dodurhult Church. Over the next few years Runo made Port Shepstone his next home for a few months in a year. He also spent 6 weeks at two schools assisting with school administration.
  • The first twinning AGM was also held this year following the inauguration in November 1994. Tormod was an excellent Programme Director.
  • With every delegation there was always a positive response to Welcome, Farewell and Swedish evenings, with a display of Swedish food and culture. Well many of are still trying to acquire the taste of caviar in toothpaste tubes .
  • One wonders why that every Swedish delegation song was a nursery rhyme or theme. This has not changed. Children's author, Astrid Lingren had a huge impact in Sweden and worldwide.
  • Revas and Rischav, both young twinners were always around. Siyabonga Cwele, present Minister of Intelligence also enjoyed listening to sweet, slow Swedish tunes during our fun evenings after a day of hard work. A very young Ronnie, ( newly appointed Speaker of HCM) in the background.
  • Planning meetings , well in advance to ensure that the programme suited the delegation has always met our Swedish delegations approval. From the photo above, men - John Green, Johan van der Walt, John Harrison, Anton Pheil and Selvan Chetty dominated.
  • The only SA delegation that year was Kay Nair, first delegate from P.S. Secondary school and now principal of St. Martins de Poress school, Dudu Malinga- still on our Board, Floyd Dlangamandla ( street care worker) and Bonnie Mpofana, an employee at Kay's school and at that time, she was a volunteer at Gamalakhe Child Welfare Committee . g.k