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OBITUARY | ‘Train lady’ Nerina Skuy was the Apple of Gqeberha’s eye

Nerina Skuy blazed a trail for local locomotive enthusiasts, reviving the popular Apple Express in the Eastern Cape

Senior reporter

Apple Express CEO and “Iron Lady of Steam” Nerina Skuy, 68, who died of Covid-19-related complications last week, was a business person and train lover who learnt early in life to fight hard for what she believed in.

Her path, that started in Cape Town’s District Six where she was born and spent her early years before founding a communications agency in Gqeberha and later taking on the challenge of saving the city’s famous narrow-gauge tourist train, was not an easy one.

One of Skuy’s earliest memories was of security police raiding the family home in District Six while her father was in detention, and stomping holes in the ceiling as they tore the house apart...

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