Ditshwanelo – my first day
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There I was, sitting on a chair right beside the entrance, looking at the clock: it was shortly past 8 AM. The receptionist, Virginia, had called Mma Mtunzi, my superior, who was on her way. Andrew, the administrator and so far only contact at Ditshwanelo, was not around, he had gone to the Kasane office in the far north of
After a while, a lady arrived who introduced herself as Flora. She had a broad smile and gentle handshake. She asked me to sit at the conference table, and then arrived in short order Mma Mtunzi, the head of the paralegal program, Ingrid, Mma Mogwe, the founder and director of Ditshwanelo, and Marcella, a Dutch law student also working for the centre until early July (I met her friend who also volunteers for the centre later).
The meeting was to welcome me and introduce some staff. My superior hails from
At the end of the meeting the director suggested that I attend a workshop on “Access to justice” which will be held during the next two days.
After this meeting ended I was shown around the compound, which is really nice, with a small library, a back house and a wooden container for the paralegal team. This will probably become my second home for the next three months. Everyone seemed really nice and I think I will get along just fine with them.
I did some reading on the centre’s work when a meeting was called to discuss the further proceeding with the AIDS charter. It turned out during the meeting that I will actually be going along with three staffers to
Then it was time for lunchbreak which I spent at the apartment, which is a mere 3 minutes walk from the office. I then went to the main mall to get stamps and bought a second SIM-card for my cell, this time from the other provider: MASCOM. It does not work either…I can call, but cannot sent text messages. This is really frustrating. In
After lunchbreak, time just flew: I did some reading, talked with the other interns, researching, did a couple of follow up phone calls and then it was 5 PM and the office closed. I intended to stay on a bit, but I had to leave…how nice! J
I am pretty worn now, at the end of my first day: So many new people, tasks, surroundings. It was incredibly exciting and I am so much looking forward to give them as much support as I can muster. These really are highly dedicated folks and I am proud to be among them…
Picture of the day: My favourite fruit juice around here. Some might know the brand: Ceres. They produce some excellent stuff and I have completely fallen for this particular juice…