After a paltry five-month delay, the promised furniture from the Northern Cape department of education arrived this week. It's actually fairly nice!
I had assumed that it was never going to show up, and was astounded when it actually came. We've now got a desk, chair, bed, and wardrobe. For my money the wardrobe makes the biggest difference. Being able to move out of my suitcase and get my clothes off the floor is a huge step toward feeling at home.