“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” -Martin Buber
We recently had the privilege of guiding Marvin & Mari from Germany, while they visited the friendly city of Nelson Mandela Bay. We started the journey at Fort Frederick which was built in 1799 in order to stop the French from conquering the Cape Colony during the Napoleonic wars. It played a vital role in establishing British rule in South Africa in combination with the Battle of Blaauwberg. This is not only a key historic landmark in the city, but a great start to getting an full understanding of the layout of Nelson Mandela Bayand the importance the Valley played in creating what we know as the Bay today.
Our last stop may have been the most memorable; sustainable Silindokuhle preschool, who won an award for a building made entirely of recycled material! An innovative building project that aims to create awareness within the building industry but also creates real change on the ground! The pre-school was founded by Patricia Piyani in 2010 and is run by a group of local woman addressing the issue of the lack of educational infrastructures for the young children of Joe Slovo in Port Elizabeth. They had reached a point in their journey that was unexpected. Mari & Marvin were unaware at the onset of this trip, that awareness would knock on their door as these young children stole their hearts. As these experiences turn into fond memories, making them storytellers as they travel back to their native Germany – we know our job was done well – Awehness has been achieved and we were honoured to form a part of their journey!