by Hannes Wessels

As I watch the ongoing collapse of the South African economy and the further impoverishment of millions of my countrymen and women as a result of the national response to the health threat posed by the so-called Coronavirus, I am ever angrier at the people who control the flow of vital information to the public and thereby shape a collective response which affects all our lives.

Just as credible people with dissenting views who deserved a hearing on the Global-Warming panic were banned from the air-waves, a similar fate awaits those scientists and researchers who today challenge the conventional wisdom on the Covid-19 outbreak.

One recent example is the removal from YouTube of an interview with two California doctors, Dan Erickson and Artin Massihi. YouTube, which insists on taking their cue from Tedros Ghebreyesus and the widely discredited World Health Organisation, argues that the two, “violated community guidelines” in the delivery of their opinions. What is chilling about this decision is the message the doctors were trying to send was essentially an encouraging one, which would have brought a measure of relief to millions of people who believe a slow death is imminent upon infection with the virus.

Based on data available to them that they had analysed and their own empirical observations in the hospitals where they work, these gentlemen expressed the view that in California, the chance of death from Covid-19 was 0.03%, and that the official projections they had been working on now appeared to have been inflated. They wanted this known, for no other reason other than that they believed the public should know, and they were concerned about needless deaths ensuing in the state as a result of deadlier conditions that were and are, going unattended to such as Cancer and cardiac related illnesses. Well, because the truth has been censored by Google AKA YouTube, that is probably the last you will ever hear from these two well informed and well intentioned physicians.

Unfortunately, as my old friend Paul Connolly reminds me, the same fate does not await those powerful but pernicious presenters, who do unquestionably disseminate bespoke ‘fake-news’, no matter how false and no matter how damaging. This exemption from accountability or sanction applies as long as the falsehoods are peddled in pursuit of a ‘worthy cause’ and of course, as we all now know, man-made Global-Warming fits that criterion like a glove.

Few people alive today have seen more of, or know better, the great Zambezi River which has enchanted, beguiled and fascinated so many over so much time, than Paul.

He writes thus: “Today, one of the great natural spectacles of the world has nobody watching. From where I sit on the banks of the Zambezi, I estimate that no less than 500,000 cubic feet of water per second is flowing down this majestic river and one kilometer below me, this torrent is thundering over the most wonderful waterfall on the planet. That Fall which Mr A.A. Gill exquisitely described as an ‘…evocation of the sublime.’

“The same Waterfall which just four months ago Mr Stephen Sackur for the BBC and Ms Alex Crawford for SKY News,  guided only by the  frenetic media desire to tick the climate change box, totally without research or recognition of the most basic statistics, preposterously and elegiacally concluded, was drying up. And in so doing the enormous respect many of us had for both those reporters was forever lost.”

It appears, what lay behind the decision reached by the media-mandarins at these two broadcasting houses to send their two high-profile personalities to do a story on the sudden disappearance of the Zambezi was the upcoming Global-Warming Conference to be held in Madrid in December last year. There was an urgent need for a ‘bombshell’ report that would buttress the positions of the ‘Warmist’ activists and shame the sceptics.  So, it seems, Messrs. Sackur and Crawford were quickly dispatched with a brief to produce a narrative that fitted that requirement.

Ms. Crawford was picked for the Zambian leg of the mission because, being raised in Zambia, she had added credibility when it came to delivering a testament to the disaster wrought by the capitalist plunderers of the West. Although not directly targeted in the report, Donald Trump, seen as prime-evil in the ‘Warmist’ camp, enraged both Sky and the BBC when he withdrew the US from the Paris Accords on combatting climate change.

Through cunning verging on deceit, by being very selective about who they interviewed, what they actually recorded for live transmission, and how nuanced questions were answered, these two fantasists then came to an astounding conclusion. Following their investigations, they were able to reveal to the world, that thanks to the aforementioned culprits, it was indeed now possible that the Zambezi river might dry up altogether and of course, the world famous spectacle that is the Victoria Falls, would be no more.

This ridiculous suggestion relates to a river with a catchment area the size of Western Europe, rising in a tropical zone that also nourishes the Congo River. The Congo is the second largest river in the world after the Amazon. Crawford didn’t suggest the Congo was also about to vanish from view, but she did get a little emotional to add a bit of a personal touch to her paean.

Standing in the heat, on a dry Victoria Falls Bridge, she lamented that as a child she remembered being in the same spot and frolicking in the sun-kissed, rainbow spray that sparkled up from the waters crashing below. What she elected not to say, was that this almost certainly occurred in late summer when the river is full. Her report was filed in December when the water level is at its lowest. This would be akin to her standing on an Austrian mountain in July blaming the same suspects for a lack of snow.

Sadly, however, as invariably seems to be the case these days, the bad guys won. This egregious exhibition of journalistic deception hit home hard; and because word quickly spread through the travel fraternity that the Zambezi had ceased to be, tourism arrivals in Zambia and Zimbabwe plummeted almost instantly. For two of the poorest countries in the world this reportage was devastating for the thousands who lost their livelihoods. Then came the great Corona-con to which these two have made a meaningful contribution and that snuffed the last life out of tourism at the Falls.

As Paul points out, the most spectacular falls in the world have seldom looked more stunning and the great river has not flowed so mightily in decades; but thanks to the  left-wing, environmentalist media, drenched in the spray from the cascade of post-modernist cultural Marxism, few will see it and the poor who made a living out of it, will get poorer.

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36 thoughts on “Victoria Falls and ‘Fake News’.”
  1. Great expose of the propaganda mainstream media, Hannes. Just as they lied daily about White Rhodesians.

    This little clip below was very cleverly put together to show how they are all controlled by a single source for the purpose of Big Brother propaganda. They actually all use the exact same words to condition and brain-wash the public through repetition.

    (Also, do all try to find and watch an oldish 1980 something classic movie called “THEY LIVE” which actually informed us of this years ago. Its sometimes on youtube or elsewhere on the internet.)

    “WHO DO YOU BELIEVE TODAY?” (4 mins)

  2. Hannes,

    Please see below my complaint narrative to the BBC dated 10 Dec 2019. I have “nagged” them 5 times but all I get is their standard reply.


    Graham Andrews

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    This report covered the Zambian side of the Vic Falls, not the Zimbabwe side. If the camera had turned 180 degrees to the left, you would have seen water falling over the Devil’s Cataract and the Main Falls. Mr Sackur knows this but elected to show the Zambian side only in order to emphasize a hidden agenda. My guess would be global warming. He did not consider the damage this clip would have on the tourism industry of either Zambia or Zimbabwe both countries struggling to earn precious foreign currency.

    This “dry canyon” effect occurs every year in the low season and has done for decades. The Zimbabwe side does get low but has never dried up. Further, in 1964, a new power station was commissioned on the Zambian side of the Falls which since then has drawn an enormous quantity of water from above the Falls affecting the drop of water over the Eastern Cataract – the very area of the “dry canyon”.

    May I suggest that the BBC sends a camera crew down to the area any time between January and July (especially April/May) to take further clips including aerial views and you will see a huge difference. An apology to viewers for miss-reporting would also be in order.

    My sister, now aged 77, lives at Victoria Falls and has done so since 1945. Although I now live in the UK, I visit her every year so between us we have a fair amount of knowledge of the region. 


  3. Hannes Well written. Please can you expose what is happening in South Africa. Gross abuse of the Disaster State Declaration which is in effect a State of Emergency. Then we have the cigarette reversal and the Dlamini Zuma link to Mazzotti’s cigarette empire story that is flitting around. Smoke where there is fire or smoke and mirrors? If we do not legally challenge what is happening we are headed off to be Cuba or East Germany in a short while.

  4. Want to see unbiased news? Google “South African queuing for food in Centurion” . Eye opener!

  5. To Larry Mitchell.

    Your comment ‘we are slowly losing our civil liberties’ is correct but you need to change the word ‘slowly’ for ‘fast.’

    Someone told me recently the only reason these things happen is because we ALLOW these wretches to do them. Very true. These people are like hyaenas. They can smell weakness a mile away. They have taken full advantage of a dumbed down, weakened, apathetic, disinterested and mind-controlled population and unless people wake up fast they will be fully implementing what they have been striving to achieve for many decades, ie, a totalitarian global government. Most of us have noticed the cosy relationship the WHO has with China. Why? Because China is the futuristic global model they (the globalist criminal elite) would like to see the world ruled under. Notice how the liberal MSM globalist mouthpieces continually lambast Trump for anything he says against China? The reasons seem pretty simple and clear to me.

    1. You want cigarettes? Go into any Pakistani owned shop here in East London and buy what you like. Upon being asked about the law? They reply our biggest customers are cops???

  6. We are slowly loosing our civil liberties. Governors are restricting our rights, keeping businesses and even beaches closed. If the citizens of this country do not stand up and say “enough is enough” they will continue to restrict you and I. They will channel our news, what we can hear and not hear, and it can not happen.

    1. Agreed Larry – people power has to come to the fore…… mass demonstrations And protests to end this ludicrous pantomime !

    2. You are spot on with the statement of what we see and hear. A friend sent me fly over shots of hundreds of meters of people, 3-5 abreast, queuing for food parcels. The same person also said that armed robbery as well as farm murders are increasing and not decreasing as some spokesmen(no names) are letting us to believe.

  7. Keep up the good work. We need to share this info with others including former Rhodies who for some strange reason are on the socialist, left wing side perhaps unwittingly. Like you I do get very flustered when I think of the incredible deceit we endured by the British Govt and what the after effects were. While my surname reveals an English background I have a distinct dislike for the socialist, left wing of all countries. They must get jobs as I have heard. Keep going and never give up.

    1. Rhodies…on the socialist left wing side perhaps unwittingly. You must be joking.

      They know exactly what they are doing and promote a globalist new world order. Tony Abbott Ex Australian PM a Rhodie played a part in crashing the Australian auto industry. They built Falcons for $30k and now import similar cars for $45k or more maybe $60k

      Don’t be so kind they know exactly what they are doing. It is often referred to as treachery.

      1. I think ‘Rhodesies’ refers to Rhodesians not Rhodes scholars? Of course Tony Abbott was a Rhodes scholar. Rhodes scholars are selected out as having potential to serve the New World Order (international financier oligarchy).

  8. Good write up Hannes. Thanks. Take heart, our environmental rock star, Greta Thunberg, Nobel Prize nominee and climate change guru is back in all her uncensored MSM glory speaking out about both climate change AND the corona virus. We can now all relax. Help is at hand. The world now has a future and I think Trump should fire Anthony Fauchi and give Greta his job.

    May God help us.

    1. Thanks heavens Greta is back Al!! Bless her little cotton socks!

  9. I presume the Zambian government will sue for the fraud involved and the loss of revenue.

    1. A lot of people suffered as a result of their report that is for sure. It would be good to see them made accountable for their actions.

  10. Good morning Hannes. I too saw the video in question and for a while it was still on YouTube. I took note of what the drs. were discussing and am in agreement with much of what they propagated. I am well aware of the bias media all over the world and of power hungry despots – masters of manipulation. I have a friend in the US with whom I correspond; we think very much along the same lines in world affairs. He sent me some links of press outlets and commentators that one can more or less trust with real news an many topics in these trying time – US politics in particular. He is a patriotic, conservative American.
    To come back to the two drs. – there is one point with which I do not agree with them; when someone mention Sweden, my hair begins to stand up; I have other feelings about that country too; not to be mentioned here. First af all, Sweden has a population of ± 9 mil , a sophisticated medical fraternity, basically a socialistic, help for all economy, etc. – so for them not to lockdown was easy. Now compare with South Africa, population ± 90 mil. Thousand of townships and shanties, overrunning sewage, bad fresh water supply, high TB and HIV occurrence, good medical facilities in developed areas- not in most rural parts of the country, 45% of South Africans are going hungry every day during this crisis and government logistic is so poor, that some people wait more than three weeks to get food parcels; I registered two of my workmen myself – the list is endless! Can you imagine a Covid-19 outbreak in a large township(which is highly possible) So are some of the strict lock down measure necessary for a third world country such as ours – YES! We live in Africa, not in Sweden or any other highly developed, first world country. I know that economically we are and will be in ruins for a long time to come, but we shall overcome. I know that the world will never be the same after this – so be it, and we will live it through.

    1. Prof. Stefan Hockertz a German immunologist & toxicologist says that the corona virus is no more dangerous than influenza.

      1. The good Prof. is not thinking. We know everything about all the flu outbreaks and the treatment. Up to now we know very little about what is happening now – that is what is making it so dangerous. Israeli medical scientists discovered that stroke caused deaths among very young victims of Covid-19

  11. I have just suddenly realised that disseminating this article may not be legal. My apologies Mr. Wessels if that is the case.

  12. Prof Richard LINDZEN’s
    Misusing Information and Science for Dysfunctional Commercial-Political-Ideological Actionism
    Prof Richard LINDZEN is an Independent and Unfalsified World-Authority:

    “….Misrepresentation, exaggeration, cherry-picking, outright lying ….cover all the evidence….”

    “….Implausible conjecture, backed by false evidence …repeated incessantly becomes Politically Correct Knowledge [PCK]…..”

    LINDZEN identifies and details the UNIVERSAL PATTERN of Misusing Information and Science for Dysfunctional Commerial-Political-Ideological-Actionism, cf CLIMATE, CORONA, etc:

    This EXPOSITION includes:

    • LINDZEN-Mechanism
    • LINDZEN-Elites
    • LINDZEN-Media
    • LINDZEN-Scientists

  13. As readers of this blog it is our duty to disseminate this article as far and as wide as possible. It is the only way we can win this war of disinformation so those who have the tech ability to send this to the BBC, New York Times and other news businesses should do this for the rest of us who do not know how. The Sackurs of this world need showing up as fake news disseminators. Crawford, should feel ashamed, she should have known better. Thanks for your excellent article Mr. Wessels.

  14. Yep, Great article. Thoroughly enjoy your blog.

    I was engaged at the Vic falls so of course it has a special place in my heart, and my dearest friends live there today. BTW they introduced me to your blog too.

    The same contrick (sleight of hand )is used by the Global Warming- climate change scamsters is now used again in another “Noble Cause”. The very MO is now used with the Corona-con or as was expressed by a blogger called John ward- Contrick19.

    Thanks again

  15. Hannes , excellent article as always. Selecting statistics is highly fashionable these days ,particularly with so called global warming. The truth is from 1910 to 2019 the surface temperature has increased by only nine tenths of one degree centigrade. Hurricane activity is much the same , but of course devastation is higher simply owing to the fact that we have built so much more stuff in its path way. Keep up the good work my friend. Sergel

  16. The MSM has a lot more to answer for than the World is prepared to acknowledge. A massive paradigm shift is needed.

  17. Thanks Hannes, for being someone who has the writing ability and uses it for good and not evil. I definitely believe that guys like you and us who support your thinking can still be part of the solution in this modern day. I feel very deeply about the past post Rhodesia days where us conservative (not right wing!) thinkers have wasted our experience to a large extent. Not out of choice really because most of us have been trying to get back on our feet and re establish root systems once again against all odds. Most though have prevailed. Going forward? The good guys have to be part of the system because if we don’t, the bad guys “will go about”!
    Cheers shamwari.

    1. Thanks Trevor. I appreciate the support. It would be great if we could do something to stop the rot in the time available to us but I do despair. I sometimes feel like the bad guys are winning on all fronts and we’ve been fighting battles for the truth to be out all our lives. A luta continua!

  18. Brilliant article – the false reporting is criminal.

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