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March 27, 2015

The main speaker of the evening was club member Ken Sturgeon (“a member of the club forever”, said introducer Brian Bohlmann). Ken gave an entertaing slide show on a motor trip up and down Angola that he and his wife Shona did with a group of other intrepid couples. They spent Christmas on a rocky bluff in the desert, pooling their rations but nevertheless celebrating in grand style. Ken’s slides showed that roads were often no more than rocky tracks or sand traps – and sometimes under water. Signs of the border war, in which South African troops “were badly outgunned”, were everywhere: rusting tanks, field guns and even fenced-off minefields. “The signs said ‘mining areas’ but we had learnt it was not about mining for minerals”, said Ken. There were also war memorials to a bitter period. Nevertheless, the locals were warmhearted, friendly and helpful, said Ken. “We were most impressed.” Thanking Ken, Gill Bohlmann concluded: “Not for the faint hearted”.

George Muller
George Muller
George first  joined Rotary in 1972 in Durban. In 1995 he retired after 42 years of fulltime journalism in southern Africa and UK, most of it spent on the Daily News, Durban, where he was assistant to the editor and daily columnist. He was also a freelance cartoonist, best known for his syndicated pocket cartoon, By George,  which ran for 27 years. He is married to Moonyeen, a pre-primary teacher, and has two daughters and five grandchildren in Cape Town and Durban, where he and Moonyeen  spend up to six months, respectively. He joined Claremont club in 2005.

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