Category Archives: Building

From Ruin to Home

Sept 2008 – 2010. In a little hollow, one of several scooped out of the hillside over the millennia, I bought a one acre property with a ruined cottage. Plot 123. This tiny side valley in our village of Haarlem … Continue reading

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Smoke, but no Fire

When Dawid October approached me for advice about selling his home on Plot 222, Haarlem, I asked him what price he had in mind. He said R35,000-00; then when he saw the look of horror on my face: “Do you … Continue reading

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Backpackers’ Hostel

74 Voortrekker Road was a shell when I bought it in 2004. The original yellowwood  (Podocarpus falcatus ) floors and ceilings had been ripped out as the short term owner had been under the illusion that he would make a … Continue reading

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LEAVING BOTSWANA, almost.

From the start of the new Millennium to 2003, in Maun, Botswana, Bastion Construction grew from nothing to having 35 souls on the payroll, which might sound like nothing much, but more than enough for somebody who had previously had … Continue reading

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Namibia – To SWAKOP and back.

Catriona Teed-Rollo, who had boarded with us during her days at school at Delta Waters International School, arrived by bus from Gaborone to spend a few days with us in Maun, Botswana, at the end of April 2002. She was … Continue reading

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Off the grid on the THAMALAKANE FAULT

By the end of 1997, the Power Tower was complete, the borehole dug by Water Africa’s jumper-drill rig, and the pump installed. It was driven by the solar panels on top of the water tanks on the Tower. I worked … Continue reading

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By Accident

As Maun Senior Secondary School expanded, new access was needed to the new houses. New roads came into being. The MSSS Construction Unit kept pace with the interlocking paving of all the roads and car parks complete with kerbing. All … Continue reading

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