A Rude Awakening

Wildlife

 by Hannes Wessels             For Guy Brooke Sumner it was just another day at the office but not a very gratifying one. Canoeing the upper reaches of the Zambezi above the Victoria Falls he was surrounded by a wild splendor which never seemed to lose its magical allure for him. But for some of his […]

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

Politics and History

   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 […]

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The Hidden Thread.

Reviews

by Hannes Wessels For someone who well remembers the era of the ‘Red Menace’ and the ‘Total Onslaught’, reading ‘The Hidden Thread’ by Irina Filatova and Apollon Davidson was revealing in that they explain Soviet policy towards Southern Africa was not quite as simple as many of us thought. While there was much synergy between […]

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‘Dog’ Varley

Stories

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 […]

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White Men can’t Jump but they can Govern.

Politics and History

By Hannes Wessels I write as a concerned father whose daughter, like millions of other children, has recently been taught about colonialism which is subtly lumped together with slavery to create the strong but false impression the two were pretty much synonymous . The tuition followed the familiar line about this period being motivated by […]

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