It is with sadness that we say goodbye to two long-time members of the SAGE Net Family who passed away last month: Host Mother Mokheko Mercy Ramodike and Dave Golding, who worked at Abalimi.
Mokheko Mercy Ramodike
Mama Mercy or Mama Meisi provided a home for volunteers in Atteridgeville for many years. In her role as host mother, we remember her loving approach. She created a home away from home. We are very grateful for her long-standing support of the weltwärts programme and her contribution to intercultural understanding.
Dave got in touch with Abalimi in the 1980s. As a trained vegetable gardener, he showed great interest in sustainable agriculture. He has been a major influence on the philosophy of the organisation. The focus was always on organic farming techniques. He has passed on his knowledge to farmers from Cape Town and all over the world in several workshops. Dave is known for his dignified and caring approach to the community. Most recently, as Field Programme Manager, he has organised trainings and managed gardening projects in the townships.