Tag Archives: John Riley

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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Victoria Falls

With the contracts going well, and Basil Read Construction coming in at the lowest for the tender for Maun Development – Phase Two, (being already present in Maun meant that we could cut down on site establishment), John Riley organised … Continue reading

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Changing Maun, Botswana

Maun was still pretty much a frontier town when I first arrived in July, 1991. There were a couple of short strips of tarred road in the village itself. For some unknown reason there was also about twenty-five kilometres tarred … Continue reading

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Building Bridges

My next job for Basil Read was a ten kilometre tarred road with a pier and beam concrete bridge over the Komati River in the smallest of the Apartheid derived black Homelands, KaNgwane. It was ironical that I was once … Continue reading

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