A link with the past

2013-11-20 00:00

I MET Miss Kate Champion in 1952, while working in Alpha House, a small nursing home in Musgrave Road, Durban. When I walked into her room on my first night on duty, I was struck by her appearance. Although 83 and obviously frail, she was still a fine-looking woman with strong features, a mop of white hair and lively, bright eyes. Propped up by pillows, she sat reading a book that looked far too heavy for her to hold.

“Oh!” I tried to imagine her slight figure in a white, starched uniform. “Where did you work?”

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