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A truly fabulous day for the 73 pensioners from Welverdind Old Age Home who we took on a secret day outing. No one other than Liz, Margie, Roy and the two coach drivers knew our destinations.

We were lucky that the sun shone brightly with little wind, so our first secret venue was Table Mountain. The whoops of delight when told they were actually going up the mountain was so rewarding as most of them had never been up the cableway. Thanks to the Table Mountain Cable company the trips were free. The going up and coming down took longer than planned as there were hundreds of tourists, but the day was quite flexible.

From there next secret venue was Fish on the Rocks in Hout Bay. Delicious fish, chips, and salad, followed by a Magnum Ice-cream as dessert. Most had never had the money to buy a R20 Magnum , so a real treat and they were over the moon. Najme gave us a 20% discount on the meal.

From there our last secret venue was the Two Oceans Aquarium and once again most had never been there either. Again 60 free entries for the group.

The shepherds looking after the flock were Liz, Margie and Roy without whose help we could have lost our flock. It was a wonderful day and we eventually arrived back to Rondebosch at 5pm where each of our happy and exhausted Butterflies received a great surprise goodie bag filled with treats, toiletries and random gifts, much of which were donated by the children/parents of Sacs Junior School. Margie and I spent hours packing 80 goodie bags which we had to get from Sacs to the coaches on Wednesday but thanks to Margie and one of the mothers, it was achieved.

Welverdind are the first members of the new Butterfly Club which I have dreamed up for pensioners living on a government pension.



Jo Maxwell
Jo Maxwell
Born and schooled in Cape Town.   In 1959 age 21 disappeared to the distant north and spent 4 years in London.  Married Stuart in Johannesburg in 1968 and produced two children, Caryn and Warwick. Moved to Pretoria in 1977.  Stuart died in 1985 and darling son died in 2000.  Now a grandmother (called JoJo) to two boys aged 2 and 5. ,  Started and successfully ran 3 businesses in Pretoria with absolutely no training.  Domain, an interior decorating shop.  Du und Du, a coffee shop/restaurant.  The Inner Eatery, another coffee/lunch shop.  Moved back to Cape Town in 1989.  In 1995 opened  Bishopsfield,  a four star guest house in Rondebosch.  Retired from incoming earning efforts in 2003 and began working in the disadvantaged communities.   In 2004 started the first Chapter in South Africa of the Red Hat Society of America.  Called ourselves the Cape Town Red Hat Renegades and changed their motto of Fun and Friendship after 50, to Fun and Friendship with a Purpose. Our first Purpose was to fund raise and feed 600 children in 10 crèche’s in the Browns Farm informal settlement a daily breakfast of ePap..  Now 900 children and 14 crèches.  Volunteer driver for Project Daphne for 20 years.   Invented the very successful Good Night and God Bless waterproof sleeping bag in 2005, sponsored by Claremont Rotary and still being made by hundreds of people and which has now been taken up in Wales, Scotland and England after a demonstration to the Royal College of Medical Practitioners in Swansea in 2011.   Won the Cape Times/Vodacom/Waterfront Woman of Worth in 2005 – rather a shock.  Introduced into Claremont Rotary by Chris du Plessis and inducted as a member in 2005.  In 2008 I became a Paul Harris Fellow. Involved in many projects – some Rotary, some personal and some under the CTRHR Chapter.  Did a World Cruise from Southampton through Panama Canal  in 1995.  East Coast through Suez to UK 1997.  Baltic’s in 1999.  West Coast to the UK 2010.  Compulsive letter writer to the press with more than 1500 letters published since 2000. Hobbies – still play a little bridge mainly for charities.  and a little beading,   I like to tell people that I do community work because it keeps me off the streets and out of mischief.  I have been called many things, impulsive, impatient, independent, incorrigible  but prefer being called a maverick.  


  1. Chris du Plessis says:

    Well done indeed! A good time had by all.

  2. Eion Brown says:

    Well done. It was obviously a day to be much enjoyed. Please let us know when the next one is due. Maybe we can help.