.......... and in action at this year's Comrades Marathon. Check those muscles, girls!!
Testing. It's a serious business.
In the years that Nerine Meyer has been with SCS, her hairstyles have varied from a number 3 and blond; to long, dark and curly. Mother of boy/girl twins. Loves to boogie. And clearly likes to play dress up as well ;-)
Prior to the “big move” to Saf House in 1994, SCS was located in Wale Street.
One department however, the Telex Department , was in the BP Centre along with all the Safmariners and while it was often overlooked at the time that this was actually an SCS department, there is a tale to be told:
The telex department started way back in 1977 and by the end of 1978, had a staff compliment of approximately 30 ladies …all different ages and temperaments but all hard workers and this let to a most interesting couple of years until the first step in the automation journey started 1985……a couple of points of interest from that time:
CT being the HO , resulted in all telexes messages being routed here for forward distribution to the “rest of the world” and this massive task required about 50 machines with different functions, a conveyor belt that carried typed messages with their yellow five channel tapes attached to the next step in the production line.
This monster automated a chunk of the workload in that it queued and “switched” routed messages to a predefined set of destinations and telex numbers – a giant leap by our standards, BUT, a couple of years later worse was to come and the next improvement which actually started the decline of staff numbers was the forerunner to our present day E-mail.
Alas!!! No more associations (real or fabricated) with the “men at sea” which we thought lent us a certain air of notoriety that stood us in good stead in our youth!
In 2002 SCS was looking for a new logo, so they asked to all of us to create an new logo or to bring some new ideas about the logo.
So I send in this logo, and finally my logo idea was used to create the new SCS logo (lucky me)
Here the original logo that I send in... (only the logo with the red world are mine)
the SCS_340 my idea
the an_SCS_340 is an animated GIF my idea
and the SCSlogo100 the real SCS logo as it is today
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Having fun on
Sports (bolted routes) climbing in Montague at Legoland.
I am in the white Helmet centre right.
The guys with the red helmet had an asthma attack and nearly never made it off the mountain alive – real scary stuff.
Kilimanjaro is the highest free standing mountain in the world and I, together with 5 other team member summited Uhuru, 5,895 m, the highest point on Kilimanjaro, on
This route as we were told, and subsequently found out, is definitely not for the faint hearted and did challenge all of us mentally and physically as we wound our way up a knife edge ridge with precipices on both sides between our first camp at Forest Caves (2850m), in the mud of the majestic rainforest and our second camp at Great Barranco (3950m) in the Mooreland Zone. We were however rewarded for our efforts with spectacular views of the mountain with its iridescent glaziers. We then moved into the Alpine Desert Zone with our third camp at Lava Tower (4600m), fourth camp at Arrow Glazier (4900m) and our fifth and final camp next to the Frutwranger Glazier of Kibo Crater (5725m) before sumitting Uhuru Peak and walking all the way out (35km) downhill on our last day which apparently had never been done before.
Our guide, after receiving our itinerary, apparently was expecting to meet a burly pack of seasoned mountain goats and was astonished to meet our rather, short and unassuming team.
The odds for summiting, as quoted by our guide, for the route we attempted was 90% to the crater and 80% to the summit (4 out of 6). However by the end of the trip he said he would do Everest with our team as he had never come across a group that functioned so well together and it was due to our teaming that everyone made it to the summit.
We were also blessed with sunny skies and the lowest temperature we experienced was -4 º in the crater. I attribute our success not only to excellent weather conditions but also to rigorous all weather preparation and training schedule. We equipped and prepared ourselves to handle -40 degree weather conditions.
The biggest clincher was that after over-nighting in Kibo Crater at 5,700m we then walked to the summit, 195m and proceeded to walk down, approximately 35 km and all the way out to the gate in 12 hours. This it appears had never been done before and I still debate how wise this was as this was for me the greatest physical challenge of the whole trip. I was stiff 5 days afterwards and the only way I could get stairs was to walk backwards.
The highlight of my trip was meeting and sharing my experience with Cameron Smith, before he left to attempt the mountain. Cameron has Cerebral Palsy and I am thrilled that he made it to the summit on crutches. It’s People like him who inspiration me to climb mountains.
So what next?… Aconcaqua – highest mountain in Any takers out there up to the challenge????
So what next?…
Aconcaqua – highest mountain in
Any takers out there up to the challenge????