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Ace news – the third instalment of Gordon Forbes’s memoir is here!

Our lunches have become tradition. We take our places, pullovers guarding against draughts, pills taken – some to prevent things happening, others to make things happen. We’ve all had modest beginnings, fought the good fight, had hopes, dreams, good line-calls and bad ones, always kept a best foot forward. But as James recently remarked, the older one gets, the more one’s feet look alike so that if he could get one to go forward, either would do…

I'll Take the Sunny SideI’ll Take the Sunny Side is a memoir about many things – tennis, friendship, storytelling and growing older. Gordon Forbes, acclaimed author of A Handful of Summers and Too Soon to Panic, has joined seven friends for the seniors’ lunch in the Rainbow Room at the Country Club for several years.

They are a group of learned men, writers, scholars and ex-editors, this book arises from their meandering conversations. You might know some of the table: James, the born humourist; Mark, the headmaster; Tim and Charles, the historians; two Peters who have edited newspapers; Richard, an author and editor; and Gordon, the tennis player. Join them as they debate politics, books and sport in particular. Is television affecting the antics of modern sportsmen? How many oysters is enough to make a difference? What has happened to tennis, has the nobility of the game gone for good?

Gordon Forbes was born in 1934 on a farm near Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape. He grew up playing tennis with his siblings, and became one of South Africa’s most consistent post-war champions, winning a total of ten national titles. He played for South Africa in Davis Cup competitions, and he and his great friend Abe Segal became one of the world’s best doubles combinations. Together, they won the British Hard Courts twice and reached the finals of the French Championships and the semi-finals of Wimbledon. I’ll Take the Sunny Side is the third instalment of Forbes’s riotous and critically acclaimed memoir.

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Proteas and Cricket South Africa support Gift of the Givers’s drought relief campaign

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversThe Gift of the Givers has been taking its motto – “Best among people are those who benefit mankind” – to heart by extending a helping hand to the thousands upon thousands of South Africans suffering because of the ongoing drought in the country.

Linking up with various big organisations, Gift of the Givers is in the process of distributing water, hygiene packs and food as well as animal feed to areas in need.

In a press release on its website, the organisation reports on the support given to them by the Proteas and Cricket South Africa:

Gift of the Givers Drought Relief Campaign has been expanding exponentially drawing interest and support from diverse sections of the South African public. Today we have an interesting new partner. The Proteas and Cricket South Africa have expressed a willingness to support the campaign encouraging all supporters arriving at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein for today’s first ODI between England and South Africa to bring a 5 litre bottle of water. At some point predetermined by CSA select members of the Proteas team will do a symbolic handover of 5 litre bottled water at our vehicles which will be stationed at Gate 3. Those who have not managed to purchase water can sponsor R10 per 5 litre bottle at the trucks. Contributions are welcome for animal feed as we commence distribution of water and animal feed to small farmers in an attempt to save their animals and farms. We have been busy with extensive drought relief programmes in the Free State.

Gift of the Givers has also shared photos of the handover on Twitter:

A detailed report back on the extent of the Gift of the Givers’s drought intervention in several provinces in South Africa will be presented on its website soon.

For more on this disaster relief organisation read Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All by Shafiq Morton.
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