Category Archives: Building

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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Maun Senior Secondary School

I invested in the purchase of a power-float machine that had a petrol engine, together with spare blades, as there seemed to be a need for it in my burgeoning construction business. Sometimes I was a stand-in site-agent for other … Continue reading

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Structure & Roof

Slowly, slowly, the house grew out of the ground, a rondawel lounge with a fire-place that backed onto a kitchen over a cellar. I used a curved shutter that was moved around a centre guide. Stairs outside curled around and … Continue reading

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