Pat Lawson, Fish Hoek
Sylvia Dyani has worked with the Lawson family for 47 years. We have been through a lot together.
Under apartheid, Sylvia was not allowed to live and work in Cape Town, but we overcame the obstacles and lived harmoniously.
I worked away from home, and as Sylvia needed access to funds to run the home, the Perm issued her a bank card – I believe she was the first black woman in South Africa to get a gold card.
Sylvia not only kept our Hillside home running, caring for my grandson, she helped out in the Cape Coastal office making toasted sandwiches to keep the agents energised.
Two of her daughters are in the Eastern Cape, her son is an electrical engineer and her youngest daughter a manageress in a local supermarket.
Sylvia came out of retirement to help
nurse me back to health after a long illness.
Reliability, caring, hard work and honesty – what amazing qualities so badly needed in today’s world.