Anele’s story

In 2015 I wrote this story down about a worker we had in the laundry at the guest lodge (note, not the Sunninghill Recovery lodge, another business entirely). I came across it today while I was cleaning up my laptop. Anele no longer works for us, but her strangely funny...

This team.

On Friday mornings, when our two shifts change at 6:00 we all meet. In theory this is to do hand-overs, discuss maintenance issues, plan the weekend ahead and touch base on the ever-changing needs of both staff and guests. Last Friday was different. We all gathered around the fire place (I...

The “Gift” of caring

I recently walked into a beautiful moment totally unexpectedly. I went into a room to change a guest’s dressing, and witnessed one of my helpers tenderly washing an end-of-life patient’s face. Nthabiseng was gently wiping Therezinah’s face with a little sponge… completely unrushed. Therezinah was staring into Nthabiseng’s eyes, clearly...