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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Oh Bok thank you for nearly "50" wonderful years of marriage. Bok you were always so understanding. God took you home and I am left alone now. But we will meet again.
Your loving and heartbroken wife

Oh My Dad, you left us all so quickly. My heart is broken my Dad. Dad you were the world's best Dad and I could never wish for better. You were always there for me Dad - when I needed you the most. My tower of strength were you my Dad. Strength in the most difficult times in my life.
Oh Dad I am going to miss you and how am I going to walk this road without you My Dad!.
My Dad I will forever Love You and Thanks for being my Dad
You heartbroken daughter


Fredrick William Mellett (Fred)
Passed away peacefully in his 71st year in his home on Sunday 29 August.
Beloved husband to Johanna, father to Joey and the late Wayne, Oupa to Bradley, Craig, Shelly, Dwane and Jason. He will be missed and remembered forever.

Fredrick William Mellett

Oupa, I only knew you for a few years, but it felt like a life time. You always knew how to put a smile on my face. I am privileged to have known you like many others and I will remember you always. Laura
Thursday 2nd September 2010
10.30 am
Selbourne Park Church




Colleen Woldemar - Passed away on the 28th August 2010 after a long Illness bravely borne. Our deepest sympathy goes out to
Alan, Charlie , Jeremy, Corey, Benjamin, Sam, Candy and Faye. May she now rest in peace From: Joan and all the Swindells family


Charlotte Ethel Marques - Passed away on 25 August 2010. Our condolences to Anton and Adie and all the family. We have many happy memories of family get togethers and Auntie Char will never be forgotten. Rest peacefully. Love Alan, Nicky, Ingrid and all our family overseas and in S.A.
Tel (+263 9) 461936 * Hunting Line
Fax (+263 9) 460551 or 461936


R.I.P. Gibson Sibanda 24/8/2010 - A rock of the MDC. An honest, sincere, truly principled man. Zimbabwe will be sorely lost without his guidance. Condolences to his family
Ronit Loewenstern


HADFIELD RUTH YVONNE - The Hadfield family would like to
Thank all those whose loving kindness helped us through the sad loss
Of our mom. God Bless you all.

Monday, August 30, 2010

The Animal Rescue Site

Hi, all you animal lovers!

This is pretty simple... Please ask ten friends to each ask a further ten today!
The Animal Rescue Site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily so they can meet their quota of getting FREE FOOD donated every day to abused and neglected animals. It takes less than a minute (about 15 seconds) to go to their site and click on the blue box:
This doesn't cost you a thing.
Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate food to abandoned/neglected animals in exchange for advertising.?
Here's the web site! Please pass it along to people you know.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Veld Fire Near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Consumes Lobengula Reproduction Palace

Restoration of the capital was mooted in 1993 and Zulu experts from South Africa helped restore the buildings at a cost of millions of dollars Gibbs Dube
Washington 25 August 2010

A veld fire has reduced the reconstructed Old Bulawayo capital of King Lobengula to ashes, says Prince Zwide KaLanga Khumalo, a direct descendant of the Ndebele royal family.

The fire, which started late Monday night and blazed until the early hours of Tuesday, destroyed the reconstructed palace of Lobengula, eight beehive huts, an old wagon shed, a house built for Lobengula by missionaries and another built by the Khumalo clan for traditional rituals.

Khumalo said a site where President Robert Mugabe laid a stone in 1993 to commission the reconstruction of the ancient capital was also reduced to ashes.

King Lobengula’s capital was last set ablaze in 1893 when his rule was threatened by advancing missionaries and armed British colonizers. The king then settled at a site in the present-day Sauerstown suburb, north of Bulawayo and current site of the State House, the president's second home.

Restoration of the capital was mooted in 1993 and Zulu experts from South Africa helped restore the buildings at a cost of millions of dollars.

Khumalo told VOA Studio 7 reporter Gibbs Dube he blamed the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe for failing to protect the site. The museums department issued no comment.


Beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of Tuesday, 24th August 2010. Will be sadly missed by her six children and seventeen grandchildren. May her dear soul rest in eternal peace.
A memorial service will be held at St George's College Chapel on Monday 30th August
at 11am, with tea afterwards at Dandaro Community Hall.
Contact: Helen 04-884144 or 0912-907700

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Interesting Article

 Mugabe Picks Simba Makoni As Successor As Doctor Confirms He is Losing Cancer Battle

By The African Aristocrat on August 23, 2010

Private doctor flies to Zimbabwe and tells Mugabe his time is limited
Mugabe aides travel to meet Nigerian faith healer
Solomon Mujuru livid over plot to demote Joyce Mujuru and replace her with Simba Makoni
Mugabe’s plans to steal election and reform Zanu PF
Mugabe ready to sacrifice Zanu PF lawbreakers to save party legacy

In yet another exclusive, the African Aristocrat can reveal that Robert Mugabe is actively considering potential successors after Awang Kechick, his urologist who we can reveal visited Zimbabwe nine weeks ago, reportedly told Mugabe that his condition is progressing faster than it can be treated.

Mugabe’s condition is deteriorating

The often spritely Mugabe has in recent times begun to look unwell

A viable source close to the ailing President reveals that, following Kachick’s visit, Mugabe has accepted the reality that his time is limited and has begun considering potential successors.

Mugabe has in the past struggled with undisclosed health problems but has always returned to public life looking spritely and healthy. However the past few months Mugabe’s health has deteriorated dramatically with pictures recently being broadcast by showing Mugabe unable to walk without the help of aides in a recent trip to Uganda. Some reports claimed Mugabe fell in full view of other dignitaries.

Mugabe’s condition is reported to be now so volatile that he now no longer sleeps in his marital bedroom instead spending his nights in the same room with his personal physicians who are required to remain awake whilst he sleeps. The State House has been recently equipped with Israeli state of the art resuscitation equipment.

A few weeks ago this publication reported that a controversial Nigerian prophet, TB Joshua, who has openly ministered to high ranking officials like Frederick Chiluba and Ghana’s president, John Atta Mills, directed his members to pray for Mugabe. We can reveal that immediately following the television broadcast by the Synagogue Church of All Nations, in which the faith healer spoke specifically of cancer, Mugabe dispatched aides to request that TB Joshua travel discreetly to meet Mugabe in Zimbabwe. The request was turned down. TB Joshua, who gains much of his legitimacy by ministering to prominent figures, refused to travel to Zimbabwe stating that he would on see Mugabe on Nigerian soil. Zifa president Cuthbert Dube recently travelled to meet the controversial faith healer and claimed that he was healed and no longer uses his wheelchair.

Mugabe considers Makoni for succession

High ranking Zanu PF officials are aware that Mugabe is unwell and that the presidency faces an uncertain future if Mugabe suddenly passes on. Even when Mugabe was well there was bitter infighting within Zanu PF regarding the succession issue. However Mugabe seems to have already made his choice, a choice not sitting well with some powerful party members.

Mugabe Meets Simba Makoni, Solomon Mujuru kept out of State House

Mugabe plans to fire Joyce Mujuru

In a surprise move Robert Mugabe has ditched presidential hopefuls Joyce Mujuru and Emmerson Mnangagwa and is said to be in private negotiations with Simba Makoni.

Simba Makoni, who left Zanu PF to start his own party, is widely viewed as a moderate by both the MDC and Zanu PF, he also enjoys support from Zimbabwe’s commerce and private media.

According to our source Mugabe is planning to replace Joyce Mujuru with Simba Makoni, hold an election in 2011 and force a Zanu PF victory or extend the GNU for a full term. If Mugabe pulls off the election in 2011 he wants to install Simba Makoni as president and have him institute far reaching reforms which are calculated to win the electoral support of the urban dwellers, support that the MDC currently enjoys.

Solomon Mujuru is said to have got wind of Mugabe’s plan and went to see him without an appointment. He was not allowed into the State House and his entourage was forced to bear the embarrassment of having to turn at the gates. Mugabe is said to have refused to see him complaining that he was “unwell.” Solomon Mujuru is said to furious and is trying to garner support from other party heavy weights to demand that Mugabe openly discuss the succession issue.

Implications for the MDC

Simba Makoni could potentially damage the MDC

If Mugabe does steal the election in 2011 there is a real possibility that a seemingly reformed Zanu PF, under Simba Makoni, could win urban support. Part of the deal that Mugabe is negotiating with Makoni is immunity from prosecution for a few dozens officials. Mugabe is willing to sacrifice smaller fish like Phillip Chiyangwa and other dispensable assets.

If Makoni does take over Zanu PF and is seen to prosecute the powerful and previously untouchable then the public will certainly warm up to him. Furthermore, the discovery of diamonds and the general economic stabilisation means that Zimbabwe will see significant economic growth in the next 5 years. Makoni would take credit for these developments if he was the sitting president.

If Mugabe is allowed to steal the election and then constitutionally appoint Simba Makoni as President this could mean the end of the MDC as a viable opposition movement. Four years is enough to allow Makoni a chance to rebrand Zanu PF. The only question is who are going to be the sacrificial lambs.

I am the African Aristocrat.




Re: Colleen Byrne Lorber
It is with regret that I have to inform you that Colleen died on 29th July 2010 after a short illness. The cremation service was held on 12th August at Aldershot Crematorium (UK) where her ashes have been scattered in the Memorial Garden. Please contact me if you would like any further details at (Daughter). My apologies for not contacting all of you personally.

JOE STIPINOVICH , much respected in the Bulawayo community for many special years. Will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
STIPINOVICH JOSEPH The Service is on Tuesday 24 August at 2.00pm at the Rosebank Roman Catholic Church in Keyes Avenue in Rosebank In lieu of flowers please send donations to St Vincent the poor. 011 781-3966
Beloved Mother of Frank, Tony, Gavin and Richard.
Precious Mom of Ann and Val.
Much loved Gran of Colin and Ursula, Luann, Shaun and Chantelle.
Great Gran of Savannah, Chloe and Nathan.
Called home to be with her Lord in her 84th year on 17th August.
Thanks Giving Service -
Friday 20th August at 2pm
at Barham Green Church of Christ,
Kinmont Avenue.

Dear Ann, Tony and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of dear Ruth.
From Shaun and Carole - England

Friday, August 20, 2010



Rob and Kirsty (nee Lilford), are delighted to announce the birth of their baby boy, GREGORY HILTON ATHERTON KLOPPER on the 18th of August 2010 in Pietermaritzburg S.A.


Born 29th January 1918 died 7th July 2010, Farmed in Doma, Retired in Norton.

Dearest Mother of Bazil, Glenis, Darroll, Jonathan, Stuart and the late Kathreen, Mother-In-Law of the late Sally, Dave, Michele, Kathryn, Rose and Michael.

Grandmother of Belinda & Simon, Gary & Karen, Lucinda & Jannie, Kelly & Gavin, Wayne & Stacey, Kim & Ant, Lauren & Dean, Richard & Chantal, Ashleigh, David, Daniell and Sarah,

Great-Grandmother of, Brandon, Bradley, Jason, Dean, Kyla, Alan, Amy, Hayley, Tyler, Blake, Bronwyn, Tyrione, Dylan and Jenna.

Dorothy lived a wonderful life, passing into the arms of the Lord at the age of Ninety-two, ….. No more pain Mom,


Beloved Mother of Frank, Tony, Gavin and Richard.
Precious Mom of Ann and Val.
Much loved Gran of Colin and Ursula, Luann, Shaun and Chantelle.
Great Gran of Savannah, Chloe and Nathan.
Called home to be with her Lord in her 84th year on 17th August.
Thanks Giving Service
Friday 20th August at 2pm
at Barham Green Church of Christ,
Kinmont Avenue.

Thursday, August 19, 2010



To Ann and Frikkie Pistorius on their 50th Wedding Anniversary, on 20th August.
Love and congratulations to a wonderful couple.
Tons of love Liz


Gerardina (Ineke) Zeibari passed away on 16th August after an illness bravely endured.

A Memorial Service in celebration of our precious Mum and Gogo's life, will be held on Friday 20th August at 2.00pm at 11 Kent Road, Chisipite.

Contact: Arj: 0914 358 377 or 494186 or

Jules: 0912 586 188 or

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


With deep regret we advise that Steve Kok was tragically killed by a buffalo near Charara on Thursday, 12th August, 2010. Steve was out in the bush, as usual, in an attempt to assist an animal in distress. His death is a great loss to the wildlife of Kariba and to all who knew him. Our deepest sympathy to Trish and all the family.
Chairman, members and staff
Zimbabwe Hunters Association
P. O Box HG 548 Highlands Harare.
16 Walter Hill Avenue Eastlea Harare
Phone 04 704977/8 or 707306
Cell: 0912 329434


These must be the winners of the biggest Raspberries ever!

National Parks; You used to be able to pay at either Matopos or Tshabalala once and enter both parks on the same day. Not any more, pay twice! $4 each for locals, $2 each car, anybody ever seen walking or cycling? So why charge for the car? Want to visit Worlds View? Another $4 each please! Thanks, National Museums and Monuments!

Perhaps a helicopter flight over the 'Falls? NO discount for children or residents, a fifteen minute flight $120 each PLUS $8 National Park Fee for over flying NP land! We want to encourage tourism? Doesn't look like it does it?


Monday, August 16, 2010

Gen: Peter Walls

Gen: Peter Walls

Celebration service of the life of
Gen: Peter Walls
Tuesday 17 August at 3pm
Highlands Presbyterian Church

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mary Milner

MILNER - Mary.

The funeral service for the late Mary Milner will take place at
Dandaro Dining Hall on Tuesday 17th August at 10.30am.
Friends please accept this invitation

Friday, August 13, 2010

Condolence Notices

MOLLY COX, mother of Gwen Calvert, passed away peacefully in Plumtree on 9th August after a short illness.
The whole family will miss you Mum.

A memorial service will be organised later.

Contact Geof and Gwen Calvert 019-3547

MOLLY COX - deepest sympathy to Gwen and Geof on the passing of Molly. She was a great lady.

Charles and Juliet Rickwood

WILLIE BOTHA, passed away 2nd August, aged 74. Before retiring Willie was based in Colleen Bawn and at 13th Avenue Motors in Bulawayo. Denise & his family sincerely thank all who have given us their love and support. Thanks to Dr. & Mrs. Cohen & staff; Dr. Pretorius and Mater Dei I.C.U. staff. Denise can be contacted by e-mail c/o

Thursday, August 12, 2010

To all of you out there thinking of importing a car:

Please be careful who you deal with, I have not been able to drive my car which was imported from Durban since it arrived here in May. It has been sitting at Toyota with massive engine problems, the dealer Mr Tendai Mapira from Sam Yung Motors refuses to take any responsibility and I am led to believe that this is not the first time.

If any of you have had any success in getting justice from a deal gone bad please call me and let me know who I can go to for help. This is costing a fortune and not to mention a heap of inconvenience not having a vehicle.

Renee McMaster


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ron Reid-Daly

Ron Reid-Daly died this evening at about 19h30. He had been in a coma for three days and died peacefully and without pain. Glenda has been at the house caring for Ron for a week or so. Ron's home address is 60 Dorries Drive, Froggy Pond, Simon's Town, 7975 should you wish to write and offer condolences to the family.
Hi Everyone,

I have the very sad duty to inform you all that our Favourite Uncle passed away a short while ago.
He was at home in Simons Town with Glenda and David, and died peacefully after slipping into a coma on Thursday.
From The Committee and Members of The Selous Scouts Association, our
sincere and heartfelt condolences to Glenda, David and all his family,
friends and many many comrades.
This Great Man will be missed by us all.
I will keep you informed of the funeral arrangements.
Pamwe Chete,
End of Message
ORAFs records its deepest sympathy to the Reid Daily family and also to the members of the Selous Scouts Association
Thanks to the Scouts Association for the sharing this information.
Thanks also to Leon Jacobs, Terry Griffin and Keith Nell.
For the non Rhodesian readers of ORAFs I am including some information on Ron Reid Daly which was taken from Wikipedia.
"Born in South Africa, Reid-Daly entered military service in 1951 and served with the C (Rhodesia) Squadron of the British Special Air Service (SAS) in operations against insurgents in Malaya. Rising to the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major in the Rhodesian Light Infantry, he was later commissioned and achieved the rank of Captain. He retired from the Army in 1973.
In late 1973 he was persuaded by General Peter Walls, then chief of the Rhodesian Army, to return to active duty in order to form the Selous Scouts, an elite special forces unit to combat the growing threat posed by nationalist guerrillas. Drawing on his Malayan experiences, Lieutenant Colonel Reid-Daly built up a skilled and highly professional regiment from scratch. "
Eddy Norris

Friday, August 6, 2010

Death and condolence messages

MILNER - Mary.
Beloved wife of the late Harvey Milner of Sandringham Estates, Nyabira.
Superb Cattle Woman, Mother and Friend.
Passed away Monday 2nd August, 2010 in Dandaro Clinic after a fall that broke her hip.
Deepest sympathies to Huge, Caroline, Etienne and family all in the UK.
Cherith Roberts
Funeral arrangements to be advised later.
Contact: Cherith Roberts:
My precious Dad, 23 years today.
A Thousand times I needed you,
A Thousand times I've cried,
If love alone could have saved you,
You never would have died.
A heart of gold stopped beating,
Two twinkling blue eyes closed to rest.
God Broke my Heart to prove that He only takes the best.
Never a day does by Dad that you are not in my Heart and in our Soul.
May you rest in His Arms till we meet again.
Your daughter Val

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Scott Norman

Memorial and wake for Scott Norman will be held on Thursday 5th August at 3pm at No. 8 Christon Bank Road – off Second Street Extension. It will be signposted. Drinks will be available apparently, but people are asked to take a plate of snacks.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The untimely deaths of good friends -

Scott Richard NORMAN
Youngest son of Richard and Blossom Norman from Christon Bank.
Died Saturday evening 31st July 2010
Memorial service details to be advised.
Email for any messages to
Andrew ROSS
Only son of Ian and Sue Ross formerly from Harare, now in Spain
Died early hours Saturday Morning 31st July 2010
Memorial service details to be advised
Email for any messages to

Monday, August 2, 2010



To Peter and family our deepest sympathy to you all on the tragic loss of your soul mate, mother, and nana. We are devastated for you all. Our love and thoughts are with you.

Dave, Midge, Brendon and Ashleigh Joubert.

GOOSEN. Nan. Our deepest sympathy to Peter on the most tragic loss of Nan.

Our deepest sympathy also to Kim, Tracey, Peta-Ann and their families.

Remembering always the good old mining days when life was just wondering where were we going to get the next supplies or would the next blast bring in that pot of gold. Life then was free of the violence that we have today.

Love from, Dave and Sandra (Steyn) Wilson



SONNY (PETER) STEYN. Who passed away 2 years ago on 29rh July 2008.

Will always be remembered for all the good times together.

Married for 43 years. We had some wonderful and happy years and some sad years together.

Will be remembered always. I might have started a new life with a wonderful man but the old never forgotten.



ROSS ROBERTS - We were so saddened to hear of Ross' passing. He was a good man! Dear Hugh, Alyson and family - May God give you strength. With lots of love Joe, Maria, John and Stephen Aylward



My family and I are so shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Nan. Peter and your precious family please accept our most heartfelt sympathy. I will always think back fondly of our days in West Nicholson - and your kindness

to me when I needed it.

Constant thoughts and prayers

Gill Mitchell

Death Notice

Maureen Margaret Booth passed away 21 July peacefully in Harare.
Wife of Harold, Mother of Vernon, Les, Brian and Ken, Grandmother of Kirsty, Michael, Tara, Ashleigh, Jarrod, Jenna & Kerry.
A Loving, caring and remarkable woman who will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


Nan Goosen - Peter and Family no words can express our sorrow on your tragic loss, you and the family have our deepest sympathy.
Our thoughts are with you all. God Bless.
Cliff, Jenny Daynes and Family.


ROBERTS, ROSS: Sadly left us on 23 July 2010 in UK. Missed terribly by his parents Hugh & Alison, his daughters Megan and Shannon and his brothers Drew and Grant. At peace now.
ROBERTS, ROSS: The Celebration of Life for Ross Roberts is set for 3 o'clock Sunday the 1st of August 2010 at 46 Park Rd, Suburbs, Bulawayo.

We would be honoured if everyone who knew and loved him could join us for this occasion.

Goosen - Nana
Beloved wife and companion of Peter treasured mother of David and Kim, Hedley and Tracey,
David and Peta-Ann, adored Nana of Jordan, Benjamin, Megan, Brent and Jessie, now with her
beloved Lord.

My beloved awesome God, you've blessed me with a beloved angel for more than 47 years.
Thank you Father for such a gift so much love, wisdom, council and generosity of soul.
Thank you so much my Father for all that love packed into most amazing woman. Please
keep her safe Father and shower her with your blessings. From a heart broken Peter.
See you soon my babe
A.M.L Peter

Goosen - Nana
Our beloved, most precious Nana, mom you were an inspiration to everyone you met.
So humble, loving and caring. Always giving so much of yourself. You were not only my mom, my
counsellor but also my most precious friend my heart is broken my brave strong mom.
Please precious Father keep her close till we all meet again in heaven my mom you were the
Proverbs lady. The most amazing mother in law and treasured Nana.
All our love
David, Kim, Jordan & Benjamin
PS Love you ten times more.

My mum, my best friend and a true Proverbs 13 lady. Thank you for all the love and
tenderness you gave so unconditionally. Words can not express how much l miss you
I promise to teach Jessie how to walte wildly down the passage. Until we're reunited for
eternity l'll always love you ten times more. Pete

Our Angel mom and Nana
We are overwhelmed with grief but we find such comfort knowing she is with her Beloved Lord.
Angel describes the mom and Nana she was to us and to everyone who met her.We will miss you so much until we see you in heaven mom. Out love Hedley, Tracey, Megan
and Brent


Memorial service for the late Nan (Lorelle) Goosen will be held at the 2nd street Baptist Church Bulawayo
on Friday 30 July 2010 at 2 pm.


ROBERTS ROSS. Sincere condolences to Hugh, Alyson and family. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Sharon and Peter Hughes, Bradley and Nickey Howard


Kuttner, Felix.
Died in a car accident in the Lowveld this a.m.
Beloved husband of Shirley. Father of Craig, Lance and Ashleigh and Grandfather.
Shirley's e.mail is-



Nan Goosen - One of the kindest, gentlest souls we ever met - taken from all those who loved her under such violent and tragic circumstances. So unfair! We are devastated for Peter and their beautiful family spread far and wide. I know your faith will be steadfast and unwavering through this sad and troubled time. Our love and heartfelt sympathy at your loss. Her goodness will live on in so many people whose lives she touched and we feel so very honoured to have known her. Our loving arms around you in spirit - Vanessa, Digby, Adam and Tarquin XXX



Passed away peacefully on Sunday 18th July, 2010 at Greendale House, Howick, KZN. Memorial Service to be held at 2.30 p.m. Thurs. 29th July at Greendale House Chapel.
Preceded in death by her husband Patrick. Mother of Richard and Carolyn.
Will be greatly missed by Richard, Jan, Stuart, David, Mitch, Carolyn, Mike and Ann, Andrew and KaraLynne, Jared and Kristen, Cheryl and Andrew, Sean and Lisa, and 12 great grandchildren.
Janet worked as a physiotherapist for many years, and was a member of the Loyal Women's Guild and Bulawayo Country Club.
Mitch Mackrory



Graham and Lyn are delighted to announce the engagement that Storm and Cliff

were engage on 17th July 2010 in johannesburg.




It is with delight that Lesley Adams announces the engagement on the island of Barbados on the 22nd June between her beloved eldest daughter Ashley Bellamy to Richard William, eldest son of Dave & Linnie Black of Exeter Devon.

"You are My Special Angels"


During the weekend of 23, 24 and 25 July, the annual Pumping Legs for Water bike ride in Hwange National Park took place and we were fortunate enough, this year, to be able to go along and assist with the organisation. This was the third event of its kind and attracted an original entry of 57 riders registered, ending with 53 actually taking part. A report on the ride and all that it entailed will be going out shortly but we also took the opportunity to take an extra day to check up on the water points and pumping, etc., within the park.

Having arrived mid morning on Thursday, we set up camp in the camping ground at Main Camp and after a short meeting with Warden Jura, we set off for the Hide to see Gary to catch up with his news. Passing Makwa we saw that the pan, although not as full as last time we saw it, is being pumped again and holds good water with the other natural pans in the immediate vicinity starting now to dry up. Sinanga is also being pumped again and stopping off there after our meeting at the Hide, we found a herd of kudu, two giraffe and a small breeding herd of elephant. There were two scouts on patrol in the area and this was good to see. While talking with Gary and the scouts two huge old elephant bulls sauntered out of the tree line and another rather cheeky young bull approached at speed from the opposite direction, heading for the clean water ahead of his rivals. He was not all that enamoured with our vehicles parked so close! Thursday night was a quiet evening and we were early to bed accompanied by the raucous calls of the hyenas, apparently busy at the rubbish heap near the staff quarters. On Friday morning we took the road through to White Hills checking up on water along that route. Ngwenya pan and the next one are both holding very little water, Tshebe Tshebe is also low and pumping will need to start there soon, Tshabema holds reasonable water, Kaoshe has some water and the windmill at Mabuya Mabhena is still struggling to cope. The road along that route is mostly good but there are parts that have been badly dug away by elephant particularly along a stretch near Tshabema. Shapi is certainly a success story with the windmill doing its job and the pan was looking magnificent and fuller than we’d seen it in a very long while. White Hills still holds plenty of water and there is sufficient water at Guvalala and at Nyamandhlovu pans. We were very pleasantly surprised on all three days passing by Nyamandhlovu to see so much game back in the area and all very calm and peaceful. During our past few visits we have been very worried about the lack of game in that area but small herds of zebra were dotted about, several warthog sounders were rooting around in the last remaining patches of mud, there was a fairly big herd of wildebeest near the pan with several giraffe and kudu coming and going. Most of the visitors to the park over the weekend were lucky enough to spot and photograph the Martial eagle chick on its nest close to the turn off to Nyamandhlovu and we had some fabulous views of the snowy white chick, glaring down at us from its lofty, mute spattered eyrie as well as one of the adult birds perched close by.

After lunch back in Main Camp which was beginning to get busy with folk arriving for the bike ride, we went off to Makwa to meet up with Gary. We waited there for Owen to arrive as we had arranged to go to Umtshibi to look at one of the boreholes with a view to putting up a donated solar pump there. While waiting for Owen to arrive, five elephant bulls came down to drink, so quietly that they weren’t noticed until they were almost at the water! A short while later, three more majestic old gents arrived and all eight pachyderms made for the clean water gushing out of the ground. Having waited an hour and no sign of Owen, we went off to Umtshibi where we picked up several other members of Parks staff who took us to the borehole site. Owen did eventually turn up but unfortunately, it was found that it would be unsuitable to put up a solar powered pump there. Back at Main Camp once more, things were beginning to buzz and all manner of folk were out and about, setting up camp, riding around on their bikes, the lodges and chalets filling up. On Friday evening, a booking in session for the riders took place at Waterbucks Head with riders being issued with their ride numbers, ride packs and instructions for the following day’s ride.

Saturday morning saw us up early and after loading up with the water stop requirements, we set off at half past six down to Kennedy One. At Makwa we came across a herd of stately buffalo bulls and a little way past, we found a large breeding herd of elephant peacefully browsing along the side of the road. Unfortunately, we don’t think the riders on either day saw much in the way of game which was a little disappointing. On getting to Kennedy One picnic site and having set out biscuits, sweets, cooldrink, water and cut up the oranges, there was very little for us to do until the first batch of riders came in so we took time out to do a spot of bird watching. Vincent, the camp attendant, has been very good about filling up the bird baths in the camp and we saw an astonishing array of birds coming down to the water. It was delightful to see. We knew that the elite group of riders were arriving by the sound of laughter and cheers as attempts were made to win Gary’s ten dollar bet that no one would be able to ride through the thick sand at the entrance to the Hide road by the Parks boom. One of the youngsters almost made it but by the sounds of the merriment, obviously everyone was enjoying themselves. It was quite something to see the groups of riders arrive, all kitted out in their sponsored shirts which looked very professional and all of the riders arrived with a smile on their faces. There was much ribbing, teasing and laughter from all the groups and it was clear that everyone was having a thoroughly enjoyable outing, despite having to work hard through some of the worst bits of road. Once the last group of riders had departed for the final leg to Ngweshla, we packed up and joined the end of the ride. We went off on one of the loops through the erioloba forest on the far side of Kennedy vlei where we came across a few groups of elephant. Fortunately, the elephant were all very peaceful and carried on quietly munching as the road twists and turns so much amongst the trees there that getting away from an enraged pachyderm would take some doing! Back on the Ngweshla road, we caught up again with the riders but took the back road round to the picnic site so that we could see the final riders coming in through the gate. With all the riders and their support vehicles and families, the picnic site was seething and once again, much fun was being had by all. After cooking up some lunch, and seeing folks beginning to load up bikes and depart for Main Camp, we decided to go on and have a look at the Mangas as we’d been told that Manga Three and Manga One were being pumped again at long last. It was fortuitous that we decided to go that route as just before Manga Three we came across a young man and his girlfriend who were stranded, having holed the sump of their vehicle on a nasty rock in the middle of the road. No one uses that road if they can possibly avoid it as it is not at all pleasant to drive on so the young couple were extremely relieved to see us. We managed to tow the vehicle back to Main Camp, making a short stop at Manga Three, unfortunately, finding the engine not working and no water in the pan. As we approached Manga One, a magnificent roan bull galloped away from the pan and we were delighted to hear the engine working with plenty of water flowing into the pan from an overflowing trough that has just been completed. That area of the park has been without regular water for many, many months so it is excellent to see that efforts are being made to get water supplies down that end of the park again. There was sufficient water at Jambile with the engine going and water was flowing into the pan. On Saturday evening there was a short prize giving ceremony, instructions were issued for Sunday’s ride and then everyone settled down to enjoy an excellent braai and an enjoyable evening was had by all.

On Sunday morning we met up with some of the early birds back at Waterbucks Head for a cup of coffee and an egg and bacon roll before we headed off to set up the day’s water point for the riders. This time we went on past Caterpillar which was holding good water and Dopi which is also looking good. We set up the water point in the erioloba forest just past Dopi and just as we had set out everything, a vehicle arrived with folk from the horseback safari camp, out looking for a huge male lion and his female consort who had been having a determined go at their horses overnight! So, with just the two of us we kept a wary eye – and ear – open for anything unusual while we waited for the first group of riders to arrive. Most groups had been plagued with punctures along the way but organisation was such that there were few delays while attending to those and once again, everyone arrived in good spirits. Packing up after the last of the riders had gone on, we took a quick trip to Nyamandhlovu before going back to camp to join everyone back at Waterbucks Head for the final prize giving and a boere roll which heralded the end of the 2010 Pumping Legs for Water event. Some folks had to head straight off for home but most of those who were staying the night met up at the Nyamandhlovu platform in the evening for sundowners and snacks. We had been given permission to stay out until eight o’clock and although it was cloudy, obscuring the moon, it was still a delightful way to end a very successful weekend.

On Monday we had further meetings with Warden Jura and after breakfast and packing up camp, we went across to the school to have a look at the vegetable garden that had been put up in March and to drop off some oranges for the pupils which had been left over from the ride. We were delighted to see that they had an array of vegetables growing and the fence was in good condition. They had also brought in manure and one of the teachers told us that they hold some of their environmental study lessons in the garden. Hopefully next time we go up we can take them some more seeds and they also requested some form of pesticide.

We should like to commend the committee and organisers of Pumping Legs for Water for the tremendous effort that was put into an event of this nature, raising much needed funds for the water project. The sponsors have also made a significant contribution for which we thank each and every one and of course, the event would not go ahead without the wonderful people who took part either as competitors or supporters. It was such a celebration of life and the camaraderie and fun that everyone experienced made for an amazing event. A very sincere thank you, one and all, from WEZ, Matabeleland Branch and the animals in Hwange.

PS We have included some of the riders in this newletter as some of the folks at the event expressed a wish to receive our periodic Hwange reports. If you do not wish to receive further updates, please let us know and we will exclude your address from the mailing list. Thanks to all for your support.

John and Jenny Brebner.

Vic Jansen

Bonny Woodman [] Sadly, Vic Jansen, died in Durban on the 28th July from a heart attack. He will be greatly missed.

Bonny and Bill Woodman


July has been a bad month for smash and grabs from all the ‘hot spots’ reported previously - traffic lights on Churchill Rd near Second Street and onto Borrowdale Road respectively. Keep aware of your surroundings whilst approaching ALL traffic lights and STOP streets. There have been reports of being followed from the Airport and a tyre being slashed and then the perpetrators pulling in behind the vehicle offering to ‘help’ change the damaged wheel. During this time the victims being robbed of ‘baggage’ including valuables whilst they are distracted in sorting the problem out.. Where possible it may be wise to drive on as far as possible on the damaged wheel into the nearest service station or public parking area as to not be an isolated sitting target on the side of the road. This is happening in broad daylight hours so please be very careful and aware whilst dropping and collecting people from the Airport. It is wise to have nothing in view or lying on the seats or back window ledges. Whilst traveling between cities and towns do NOT stop at lay byes this is not reliably safe! With the long weekend coming up please be very vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times and take note of other vehicles traveling behind you, this may save you from becoming the next victim .

Borehole, swimming pool and gate motors are still prime targets and it seems to be mostly during load shedding hours in ALL areas. Information received that Police Stations are sending out patrols in their stated areas to try combat crime and we ask the public to try an assist where possible.’ Neighbourhood Watch’ is a big benefit but these groups need not only funds but the physical support of ALL living in the area not just a faithful few to carry this out. It takes man power and persons in the ‘field’ to make it worthwhile and affective and if every house occupant played a part however small it would not then be such a big mission and would be spaced out over a longer period of time. This is food for thought for us all. We all want to live in a crime free area for the safety of all concerned.

Let’s ALL fight this crime together - stay ALERT and SAFE !

B.S. Leon Trust - Newsletter

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Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter…

B.S. Leon Guardian Angels ………

We continue to be supported by many kind and generous people and organizations.

We say a very big thank you to ALL our generous donors and well wishers, without whom this home would not run. It is people like yourselves who help us to provide a secure, loving and safe “home away from home” for our very special residents.

We would like to make a very special thanks to Mrs. Aggie Bean, Mrs. Nella Attwell and Mrs. I. Alhadeff for all their help over the past few months. These 3 ladies have given us precious time from their busy lives and do so much for us, we could not cope without them. We love you all, Thank You.

To our special special friend, Mr. Kevin Pickard, words are inadequate for us to thank you enough for all you do for us. We all look forward to your visits and your blessed inspired Sunday services that you share with us. Thank You to Lou Huck for your angelic voice that fills our souls.

Sadly, we bid farewell to some of our beloved residents. Whilst we say our goodbyes with sadness in our hearts, we are comforted in knowing that they are flying high and smiling down on their loved ones. We miss you all so very much.
Hellos ……
We say hello and welcome our new residents, and know that their lives with us will be filled with love always.
We continue as best we can to make improvements in the home. The home has been fully re piped and has alleviated much of our water blockages. We have, thanks to you all, managed to paint every room in the home and all the corridors. We have re done all our baths, fitted 2 new gas geysers and re-tiled our kitchen. The front entrance has been totally tiled and is looking great. The home is looking very pretty and we invite all of you to come and see our improvements.
We try as hard as we can to provide entertainment for our residents. We have started a knitting club which is held on a Wednesday afternoon. At the moment our residents are knitting toys for an orphanage. We have bingo once a week with small prizes which our residents enjoy very much. We would be grateful if anyone has any spare wool or small bingo prizes to donate for these activities. We thank you in advance.
Staying in Touch ……
We encourage you to please send letters or messages to your loved ones in the home, they really love to stay in touch, and we will ensure they receive them. You may use the following email address or
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At the moment, this home has many destitute residents who have no family and no funds. We beg you please, to find it in your hearts to help these special people, by sponsoring a granny or grandpa with funds to help them. Please feel free to contact me at any time and I will furnish you with all their details. Thank you in anticipation.

Thank you for taking time to read this newsletter. If you would like more information or have any queries, please feel free to contact me at any time.


Martine Pelham-Fox

Vice Chairman / Administration
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