Monthly Archives: October 2012

OVAMBOLAND: On the Road to Angola.

In November of 1968 my twenty-second birthday quietly came and went. I packed photos and books and extraneous items I wanted to keep, but not carry, and posted them home. I drew my savings from the bank, now totalling nearly … Continue reading

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More Precious than DIAMONDS.

I had no hesitation in agreeing to any available extra work-time at the bridge I was employed at in Swakopmund. We called it overtime, but the rate did not change. I was saving about R50-00 a fortnight. As my standard … Continue reading

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Salt of the Earth on the SKELETON COAST.

Swakopmund was a town that seemed not only to be isolated in space, it seemed to me to live in its own time zone. On 5th June 1968, Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated; he died the next day. I only … Continue reading

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The SWAKOP BRIDGE and The EAST WIND.

The bridge, the construction of which I found myself working on, was to be the second longest of its kind at the time in the southern hemisphere, 2256 feet. It became known as the C.R. Swart Bridge, Charles Robberts Swart … Continue reading

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