Matilda Ncube was an Ndebele friend of Richard and Wendy’s, who was HIV positive. She was a person with remarkable generosity of spirit. The many struggles of her life she faced with calmness and dignity and unfailing courtesy. Each time she came to visit us she brought a gift, often something she had made herself. She loved with all her heart.
Matilda was a maid in a very busy household that had a stream of international visitors passing through. One of her duties was to set the dining room table for meals, to serve at table, and to clear up afterwards. Several months into our friendship she faxed us one day with 3 dreams she had had, to ask what we thought.
Here they are:
“A table was prepared before me. Seeing it a distance I thought
a weding was to be done. Whose weding I asked (Mavis). When I moved
closer it was not a weding. I asked the people who were preparing it
what they were doing. The answer was we preparing a table for you.
I asked them why. They answer was I was going to eat with the visitors.
The visitors I don’t know will never know cause I did not see
them but I was seeing them like shadows (not clear) but they were with
The other one was:
Then this one is:
Matie died of AIDS in 1999, leaving her 15 year old son. He continued to live with her employers and they covered the cost of his schooling.