The lockdown caught us for tough one as we had just moved house a week before the trip and I still had no internet access when we got back to SA from Zimbabwe. This has however finally been sorted, so thankful to be able to work as normal. Thank you Nethog!!
In Zimbabwe we saw first hand how the people were beginning to realize the seriousness of the Corona Virus. More than 90% of the population is forced to go on as normal just in order to try and survive: they do not have access to water or power, let alone sanitizers or masks. The enforced quarantine on them is in a lot of cases the equivalent of a death sentence.
All of us at the ZPSF would like to welcome Johan Schultz our new driver and admin who has finally officially joined our team from the 1st April 2020. Johan has come on board so that we now have a permanent driver as well as someone in the office to assist Linda with all the admin and so on. He has been a silent part of the team for many years helping us on his off days and holidays.
We got off to an early start at 05:30 from Malelane with Dave Austen and Johan Schultz driving. (Linda’s husband. Having met him previously I got to know the man a little better. With the threat of Covid-19 (Corona virus) being the subject on almost everyone’s mind, Johan was prepared for a Hygienic trip and a fully stocked “Kitchen for in case”. (Dettol Wet-wipes, hand sanitizer and all).
Our next delivery trip takes place in the next 2 weeks as we have and we need Your Help!!!! If everyone makes a R100 donation think of the difference we can all make in someone’s life.
It was another hot Lowveld day as I set off to Malelane from Marloth Park near Komatipoort for another trip to Zimbabwe. I was so looking forward to the trip as I get an opportunity to re visit some sites and reminiscent of the country we love and left behind. I also get to see…
The first trip for 2020 has just been completed by Dave Austen who did the round trip and Hannes Botha who assisted with the stock purchases and packing of the boxes in Zimbabwe, he also does all the Bulawayo and surrounds deliveries. A huge thank you to both for all your work and effort. Please enjoy reading the trip report along with some of Dave’s adventures.
Firstly let me say wow – Can you believe that Hannes has been taking up food to pensioners in Zimbabwe now for 18 years. One man with a dream – Incredible if I must say so. For those who have been supporting us for a long time you have seen the regular trip reports, read all about the challenges, trials and loses we have had.
If it wasn’t so sad it would be comical. Between Bulawayo & Louis Trichardt (Mikado) we saw 9 or 10 broken, stacked, well overloaded trailers, at the roadside, all with collapsed axles and wheels, or in some way disabled by their massive loads. I don’t believe Mr “Venter” had these volumes in mind when he designed these vehicles. He couldn’t have foreseen that the lack of mechanical mastery, a skimpy knowledge of basic physics, a great determination and appalling desperation would combine to ultimately test his equipment at this level.