Category Archives: Botswana

CAUGHT, COURT & CUSTOMS.

While it was still dark on the morning of 2nd March 2004, with all nine cats and eight dogs aboard into our two loaded vehicles, the police arrived at the gate to arrest me. With them was a lawyer, Mr … 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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Escaping the Hangman

In June 1996, in her Phakalane suburb of Gaborone, Botswana, Ria Wolmarans died. She was shot twice, in her side and chest, with a pistol. The police assumed it was a robbery gone awry, and for three months, so it … Continue reading

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Malaria: P. falciparum and me.

Thanks, Wiki-p:  Plasmodium  falciparum – located worldwide in tropical and suburban areas, but predominately in Africa. An estimated 1 million people are killed by this strain every year. The strain can multiply rapidly and can adhere to blood vessel walls in … Continue reading

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A Dozy Auctioneer

While my Redwood Holdings Secondhand Shop in Maun, Botswana, was still in operation, I decided to help augment the stock by becoming an auctioneer. I have always loved attending auctions, looking for bargains, especially building materials for the homes I have … Continue reading

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An Elephant’s kiss

July was the month each year that a group of, usually, four bulls came through from Nxai Pan to the Okavango Delta, passing our river home. The visit was usually at night; tearing down foliage near the fence and depositing … 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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