Category Archives: Africa

The death of Air Zimbabwe

Harare It flew profitably through 23 years of United Nations-imposed sanctions. It carried on without a blip after black nationalist guerillas shot down two of its Viscounts in the late 1970s, the last years of white-ruled Rhodesia. After independence in 1980, … Continue reading

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Ransom for Chinese ship ‘raising the bar’

I posted earlier about the mainland Chinese vessel De Xin Hai and her crew of 25, which had been hijacked by Somali pirates. Well, here’s the latest from South China Morning Post of December 29. The US$4 million ransom paid … Continue reading

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China in talks with pirates to free crew

I posted earlier about the Chinese Navy ships trying to intercept the recently hijacked freighter De Xin Hai. Well seems it’s back to negotiating, as the hijacked ship had already reached the Somali coast before the Navy could do anything. … Continue reading

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Showdown a test of PLA’s might

From South China Morning Post. The People’s Liberation Army warships steaming to intercept a hijacked mainland bulk carrier in the Indian Ocean are sailing into uncharted waters in an operation laced with military and diplomatic uncertainty. The showdown with Somali … Continue reading

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Cape Town.

The two main suppliers of equipment for my S/V ‘Waratah’ project, Central Boating and C-Dynamics, are based in Cape Town. I thought it was a good idea to visit them while I was in South Africa, so I spent a … Continue reading

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A gold miner is me.

Not often does one have the chance to visit a real gold mine. So I was very fortunate, that on my last visit to South Africa Wynand arranged that I could go down in the gold mine where he works. … Continue reading

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‘Miracle’ fuel that made a mockery of Mugabe.

The Times October 27, 2007 Jan Raath in Harare When Nomatter Tagarira, a spirit medium, claimed that she could conjure refined diesel out of a rock by striking it with her staff, ministers in Robert Mugabe’s Government believed that they … Continue reading

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