Day Three, Archbishop Tutu and "The Best Day of my Life"
Day Three and things are really starting to take shape on the house, but I’m distracted by other things today. I make numerous calls to Archbishop Tutu's office, and at 11.15am get through and am told the Archbishop can come and will be on his way in around 45 mins! I make some calls and we get over 300 homeowners, builders, volunteers into buses and to Mfeleni community hall in record time. We meet the Archbishop and what an honour not only to meet him but be recognised from our previous meeting. I introduce him to Nozuko first (one of the homeowners) and a line of others keen to meet him. He goes and greets everyone outside including the camera crew, and as he enters the hall the place goes absolutely wild. What a welcome for this inspirational and godly man, a true statesman of African politics, and he receives the rapturous welcome that he deserves.
He welcomes us and speaks to us for about the effect we can have in the community and what it means to have a decent house. He describes this as the day that God smiles down on Mfeleni. I saw people weeping in the hall. It was a truly awesome experience for everyone, and that energy was turned back into building houses. One person turned to me and said it was the best day of their life.
We finish early today to head to the wine region for some wine tasting, and then on to Moyo’s for an evening of African food and dancing. Yes there is time for fun too!