Monthly Archives: March 2008

Windhoek I

Passing a bank on Independence Avenue, noticing a poster in the window. It is written in red that Fear of the devil is nonsense. Quite. But fear of debt is not, maybe. And a little further, in a doorway into … Continue reading

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just one last thing

Easter Sunday. A woman in her late fifties, sunglasses wedged into yellow hair, is wearing tight white jeans and a tight white T-shirt over a thick white bra. She staggers to the silver Mercedes, weighed down by two rustic baskets … Continue reading

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moving moving forward and back

Going on a long journey, with a sack of clothes and books, hair-pieces and medicines, a map and a list of names and numbers. The odd appearance here might occur, but expect three months of peace and quiet from unstrung. … Continue reading

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god help us

‘Hello, I want to book a ticket for a night of bliss with Pastor Chris.’ ‘Oh yes. How many?’ ‘Just me and one friend. How much are the tickets?’ ‘How much? They are free. You don’t preach the gospel for … Continue reading

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chatting in the mall

‘But he is a good, kind man. We come from the same town, so I know him. You know, whenever there’s a funeral he organises a bus for the township people because the graveyard is far from the township. And … Continue reading

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oh christ

Here we go again. This, as Binyavinga Wainaina wrote famously for Granta a couple of years ago, is the way to write about Africa. 1. Find a (non) governmental organisation.* 2. Ensure support from the British/French/North American etc government ministry … Continue reading

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against the clock

With cold sweats breaking out for lack of daily mainlined Barbara Campbell dose, deadlines are now self-imposed. Thirty-three minutes before the 1400 (local South African time) power cut slices into action, sweeping the East Campus of Wits into some sort … Continue reading

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