My grandparents, both sets, moved to South Africa from a little village called Kholvad in Gujarat State, India.
In South Africa they, together with other people from Kholvad found the going tough and realized that the only way to a better life was education and a qualification. So many of them clubbed in and had a block of flats built in Market Street, Johannesburg and called it Kholvad House. The rental income was used to educate children back in Kholvad and in South Africa.Kholvad House has a rich history
My father ended up in Vereeniging and I was born there. We lived in an area called the “Asiatic Bazaar” which sounds very nice but was not. Dirt roads, no street lights or water borne sewage but it was a good childhood with many happy memories. We were about 100 families in the area and everybody knew everybody else.
I, like many other children whose forbears hailed from Kholvad, was educated courtesy of a scholarship from Kholvad House. Only requirement is you have to repay the full amount of the scholarship when you qualify – no interest or time limit to repay. So I was fortunate to be educated in the UK where I did “O” levels and “A” Levels and the first year of my degree. I completed my degree at University of Durban Westville. If it was not for this system many of us would not have had the opportunity to get an education as my parents would never have been able to afford it.
Anyway I qualified as a pharmacist and went the manufacturing route working in the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Sharifa and I decided early in our marriage that we going to see as much of South Africa as we can and so each time a job opportunity in another city came up I took it. We started off in Lenasia (Jhb) and have lived in Reservoir Hills and Westville (both in Durban), Brakenhurst in Alberton, Mulbarton in JHB, Elandshaven in Germiston. Durbanville and Brackenfell (Hi Orange
) in Cape Town and for the last 4 and half years in Centurion.
I have been to India and to Kholvad and love it. I have wonderful memories of England. In my present job I go to many countries but my roots are firmly in South Africa – all of it.
So vast, so different, so beautiful, so much diversity, so many cultures that make up this wonderful land and faces it’s challenges daily.