Durban - One of the dead South African’s, killed a deadly blast in Kabul during a suicide bomb attack, was former Durban woman Jeni Ayris, who was listed as the customer relations manager of ACS/BalmOral, a job she held from September last year.
Ayris, a former pupil at Grosvenor Girls High School, Durban, matriculated in 1982, left South Africa about 15 years ago and had been working and living in the UK until her move to Kabul.
Before taking up the posting in Afghanistan, she ran a South African-themed coffee shop in Edinburgh, which sold food and goods from SA.
Her sister, Patricia, a nurse who also lives in Edinburgh, was too upset to speak to The Mercury on Tuesday.
According to her Facebook site, Ayris, a keen sailor, had been due to fly home on Friday and had been planning a trip to Cape Town.
Several of her friends posted comments recently regarding her safety.
One of her last postings, on September 10, read: “11 days to go to… misty, wet, chilly, windy and grey weather and I cannot wait! Oh yes and sailing on the West Coast, Mulltasia, Le De Vin, Aberdeen Angus steak, scallops, friends, Masusta, weddings, Ireland, Amsterdam??, my own bed (have to remove tenant first), Waitrose, Artisan coffee in Brunnies, Waga Mama’s, the Castle, other folks children, movies, happy hour ‘somewhere’ every day, tramworks, live music and HOME”. - The Mercury