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Season’s greetings to you and your family. We hope you had a very Blessed Christmas and may you have a prosperous New Year.


On behalf of the staff, we would like to thank all those who contributed to the Staff Christmas Cheer. We really do appreciate this generous gesture.


We have had some extremely hot days. The day before Christmas the mercury in Pietermaritzburg reached 46 degrees. We were blessed with cooler weather on Christmas and Boxing days but we are back to the heat again.


Congratulations to Elwyn Schenk who was the winner of the raffle which was drawn after the Nativity Play. We hope that those that attended the play enjoyed it? Thank you to Alison Myburgh for helping with the play, Samantha for being “Mother Christmas” and the Joyner’s for donating sweets and biscuits for the Residents. There was some confusion about the “bring and braai” after the play and some of you did not know to bring your own meat. We apologise for this but it was mentioned in your invitations as well as the October Newsletter.



The Department of Health came and did their annual inspection for our licence for next year just before Christmas. Everything is in order.

The Occupational Therapist from Edendale Hospital spent the day at the Home and helped decorate the Christmas tree (donated by TWC) in the afternoon.

Swat Exterminators came for their quarterly visit and sprayed the Home for cockroaches.



The monthly Birthday party was held this month for Shaunn (50), Sean (31) and Cheryl (43). Thank you to Parklane Superspar for donating the cake.

Dr Kirkby was on leave from 11th December to 21st, otherwise he came and did his weekly clinic visits and saw and treated those that needed to see him.

One Resident fell off the swing and broke her arm. She had to have an operation to insert a plate and screws.

Many Residents have gone home for Christmas but they are starting to trickle back.



One Care Giver is going on maternity leave as from 1 January. Another Care Giver who was off sick for over 2 months returned to work. Mari took a week’s leave. Karin is on leave from 21st December to 17th January. Daphne and Milly are relieving.

Thandi, who worked in the laundry, passed away. Feedem Pitseng have employed the part-time weekend laundry lady as a cleaner and one of the cleaners has gone back into the laundry. They have employed another part-time weekend laundry lady.


Take Care

Anne & Karin

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