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Dust, tear gas and horse droppings
March 27, 2015, 11:22 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Early in the morning a trail of brand new one dollar notes lay in the dust on an out of town dirt road. There were about a hundred of them and they hadn’t been there the day before. Aside from the dampness of the dew that had fallen on them, the $1 notes were obviously new; they were clean and  unblemished as if they’d come straig
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The Bobijon Spanner Brigade
March 13, 2015, 6:55 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

When I was a child growing up, if a call went out for  someone to bring a ‘bobijon  spanner’ you knew that a large, heavy, adjustable wrench  was needed for some difficult task or other: on the generator, under the car or in the jumble of pipes under the bath tub. This strange word was apparently derived from the South A
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Detour to nowhere
February 27, 2015, 11:21 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

My eyes are not on the huge 91st birthday party of Zimbabwe’s president at our country’s World Heritage site, the Victoria Falls, this weekend. Frankly it’s hard to stomach the idea of 20,000 guests, a 91 kg cake, meat from 2 buffalo, 2 elephant, 2 sable and 5 impala, a lion trophy and other extravagant excesses at a t
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Fat cats or double D's?
February 13, 2015, 10:09 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

Walking out in the neighbourhood early in the morning it’s a strange sight we see in small town Zimbabwe. 90% of people are unemployed, money flow is exceedingly tight and everywhere people are readying for another day of making a living on the roadside. For some it’s  a few rocks,  lumps of concrete, or chunks of rubble that
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Bananas for school fees
January 30, 2015, 6:19 am

 

Dear Family and Friends,

It’s the time of year when the chameleons are  h-h-hesitating across the roads; when thin, agile, sports-model snakes slither at break neck speed up the trees and snatch fledgling birds from their nests and when the grass grows lush and thick and soft under your feet.

For much of 2014 we all kept saying that everything was six w
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