Your Loving Son, Yum - Kathleen Satchwell

They may have been 'men' who fought (and died) for their countries but many of the millions who participated in the First World War were, in fact, still very much 'boys'. One of them was Grahame Alexander Munro (St Andrew's College 1911 - 1913), just 18  when he enlisted. This charming collection of two years of his letters home reveals the boy within the man.

'You ought to see the German equipment. It is simply splendid.'

'Yesterday we went out hunting & had a great time. About twenty of us went out in all. I had no luck in seeing anything to fire at but some men got some fine buck, hartebeest and impala.'

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The Sustainability Challenge - by Margie Keeton (nee Henderson)

The rapidly changing funding scene in the country provided the impetus for a group of the development agencies of the Catholic Church to undertake a formal review of the funding environment in South Africa, as well as the strategies that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) might consider to improve their sustainability.  Although the study focussed on church-linked NGOs the finding from the study may be of wider interest.  CORDAID generously agreed to fund this review.

Information for this study was gathered from many sources.  The participating JAM organisations - CATHCA, CIE, CPLO, Justice and Peace, REAP, RDSP and the Siyabhabha Trust - provided reports and documents of record outlining their work, finances, governance processes, project and programme offerings, fundraising approaches and the like.  This information provided the backdrop for extensive conversations with each organisation, involving staff and board members.  The findings from this process of engagement have been supplemented by the exploration of international development research and practice.  Finally, personal insights gained from 15 years' experience in a leading corporate grantmaker and exposure to the inner workings of hundreds of NGOs has greatly enriced the appraoch and the outcomes.


The Beneficiaries - by Sarah Penny

It is 1998. The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission is trying to make sense of over thirty years of human rights violations. In London, Lally, a white South African émigré, goes to dinner with Pim – a long-forgotten childhood friend, and his latterday English family. For Lally, adult existence has from choice remained transient, uprooted: a life of little consequence estranged from its own origins. But it is becoming clear that history will reach out, even to the inconsequential, and for Lally to seek out the truths of the child she must breach the hermetic safety of adult refuge.
Moving between contemporary London and the rural South Africa of twenty years earlier, The Beneficiaries traces both the young woman’s search for knowledge and self in a society that disallows individuality and the older woman’s journey beyond apathy and disillusionment towards the renewal of vitality and hope.

Exploring the sifting relations between memory, forgetting and denial when the truth comes in many versions, and the inexorability of memory as the most merciless personal truth, The Beneficiaries is ultimately about the possibility of healing, in a nation and a human soul.

The Beneficiaries, was chosen as South Africa's Independent Exam Board matric setwork for 2013 to 2015.

Sarah Penny was born in Cape Town in 1970 and educated at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes before completing an MLitt in Creative Writing at St Andrews University, Scotland. She lives in London and is creative writing tutor at Brunel University as well as working part-time for the Open University. Her travelogue and first book, The Whiteness of Bones, was published in 1997 and her first novel, The Beneficiaries, was published in 2002 (shortlisted for the Sunday Times fiction prize 2003). She also writes short stories and contributes to a variety of publications, including The Guardian Unlimited and The Journal of Post-Colonial Writing.


Letters from China - by Nicolette Quekett (nee Bodmer DSG 1935)

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