‘The King is not a Thief’. Why the British may be liable to compensate the Zimbabwean farmers.

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

   by Hannes Wessels  The question of legal responsibility with regard to the Zimbabwean farmers dispossessed in the course of the state-orchestrated land seizures beginning in 2000 may never be fully resolved but there are compelling reasons to conclude that Mugabe may be at least partly correct when he insists the British government may have […]

Gary Ballance; True Brit.

Posted Posted in Sport, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels   Hugh Ballance and his lethal ‘Rat-Trap’. Gary Ballance When Gary Ballance was picked to play for England there were rumblings about yet another ‘foreigner’ and questions were raised about his loyalty to his adopted country. Well, just as Gary rallied to the England cause on the field of play so did […]

Rough Ride on the Rufiji River

Posted Posted in Stories, Travel & Adventure, zz_Archive2015

 by Hannes Wessels –  In sub-Saharan Africa there are few river-systems as wild and wonderful as that of the Rufiji as it wends its way to the sea through the Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania. To add to the natural excitement it reeks of history. Up these waters the Sultan, from his seat in […]

Africa’s Forgotten Statesman

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels –   On a continent more famous for despots and demagogues, where real statesmanship became a domain solely occupied by Nelson Mandela, we should not forget the late South African president is not alone in holding a special place in African history. There is another African who provided a rare example of a […]

‘Dog’ Varley

Posted Posted in Stories, Wildlife, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels –  When the men who settled Rhodesia decided they needed a place of learning for their sons they positioned it in the harsh, dry country bordering on the Kalahari Desert and then introduced a regimen that would have pleased a Marine Corps instructor. Plumtree School became a nursery for Rhodesian soldiers and […]

Bishop Trevor Huddleston. Pervert who preyed on the Poor

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

By Staff Writer –  Last year we were witness to celebrations around the world marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Father Trevor Huddleston. He will be remembered as one of the Anglicans’ heroes of the 20th Century for his fight against racism and apartheid and his mentoring of many of Africa’s most prominent […]

The Madness of Bill and Melinda Gates

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

By Hannes Wessels –  I write as an African and about Africa when I say I find the ‘2014 Gates Annual Letter’ nauseating. For two people of undoubted intelligence one can only conclude that they continue to peddle this drivel because they love the love of the moronic multitude clamouring for some (dare I say) […]

Wildlife’s Unlikely Ally

Posted Posted in Wildlife, zz_Archive2015

 By Hannes Wessels –  In a world become obsessed with celebrity culture and fascinated only by the gruesome and tragic tales of pop artists and con artists alike, the great tales of yesteryear have all but whimpered out. In Africa we find public interest only surrounds the celebrity trips of ageing pop stars desperate to […]

“BloodNut” Curtis.

Posted Posted in Stories, zz_Archive2015

By Hannes Wessels –  Born in Rhodesia in 1957 Patrick Curtis was blessed with a private-school education but preferred the bush to the books and left academia having learned little. He then went to war where he served with distinction in the Selous Scouts and became a favourite of legendary commander Lt. Col. Ron Reid-Daly. […]