Part 4 : MTHATHA

Page 28 - February 8d

Pitstop at outskirts of Mthatha
invasion by scholars
20080208zqnearUmthatha.jpg 20080208zqqnearUmthatha.jpg
20080208zrnearUmthatha.jpg 20080208zsnearUmthathaHarry.jpg 20080208zuUmthathaSisulu_University.jpg
A poor quality shot of
Walter Sisulu University

Our first stop in Umthatha (Umtata, Mthatha) was the Shell petrol station/caravanserai at 14:00 when the "scholars" came out in their school uniforms. Next, we passed Sisulu University and dropped by Barbara's Guesthouse where a kind Stanley told us he had reservations for us even though we never received them by E-mail. Our Barbara preferred to push on to Port St Johns instead, so our next stop was for me to take up Rands at an ATM and to drop off my digital cartridge to transfer to CD. This had to be done at the most crowded part of town, Madeira Street, corner of N2 and R61, so Harry and the ladies drove around while I waited for an hour as the sole white in a happy crowd of weekend celebrating blacks. I almost felt insulted that so little attention was paid to me, accustomed as I was to my earlier appeal to what's now called "people of color" decades ago. Since it was getting late and we had been told that the road to the coast was potholed and full of cattle, we pushed on to finish the remaining 90 kms on Route R61, which we started at about 16:00 (4 pm for you landlubbers). We were looking forward to getting back to Mthatha not only to-morrow but also the day after - and hopefully again in a not too distant future!

BLO fecit 20080513 - Contents 2008 SA Journey