It seems somewhat out of context to write this report now, with the developments in Zim during the past week. The tone of my trip will seem distorted and bland now. I must try & write as it was then, without the anger and sadness that I feel now; 6 weeks later.
It was an interesting trip this……. The election honeymoon is over, the economy plummeted right before our eyes, the Police are back at their roadblocks (Only partly supervised by the military) and there is a dark mood of despair amongst the folk that we spoke to. Many of these poor people are saying they simply don’t have it in them to go through the 2008 crisis again. Many are expecting a worse bout this time around. How much more can they take?
Well……….. This is bound to be the most uninteresting trip report ever! Everything went so well with the authorities for a change.
On my trips I always try to lighten a very bleak situation in Zimbabwe by drawing humour from the Ironies, peculiarities, paradoxes & contradictions that Zimbabwe offers. So do the Pensioners! Amidst the despair, these special people find time to laugh and love, forgive and vindicate in a country that has been so cruel to them.
Annual Adopt a Golden Oldie for Christmas – 10 Boxes for our Golden Oldies Adopted for far, Yippee. Then the Frail Care parcels and Kitchen Gifts. It’s that time of the year again and we at the ZPSF would like to be able to make the upcoming Christmas of 2018 extra special for our pensioners Come on guys we can do this, let’s keep the momentum going!! I am once again going to take on the HUGE task of getting all of our Golden Oldies adopted for Christmas this year. We managed to get everyone adopted last year so let’s see what we can achieve this year.
Our farm was Summerdale Farm in the Mazoe/Concession district.
As on so many farms, our troubles started with visits and death threats to my husband from “war vets”. Then came tree cutting, hut building and threats to tractor drivers to make sure they could not continue safely with any farming activities.
I apologize for the lack of communication and so on the past almost month. As most are aware I went up to Zimbabwe from the 30.6.2018 till the 08.07.2018 to asses our Golden Oldies in the homes etc.. Then in KNP (5 days leave. No signal) from the 9.07.2018 till the 13.07.2018. Had a Dr app on the 16 with Cardiologist and have since been in hospital undergoing an angiogram and ultimately a triple bypass on my heart done the 19.07.2018. I was only released from hospital yesterday.
My Mother, Ruth Hardman, came to Rhodesia from Nigel in South Africa in the 1930’s (1938-1939). They stayed in the municipal camping area in the park behind Eveline Girls High School. Where the Bulawayo Theater is, prior to moving to Gwelo (Gweru) area.
I can’t believe how time is flying by, we have 11 days till our fourth 24 hour No Coffee challenge. All I can ask is that we spread this as far and wide as possible and hope that people take it seriously. This is our way to raise awareness and funds for our Golden Oldies still in Zimbabwe who need our help. Lets see how far and wide we can share this and let people know about what we are doing. Please don’t forget to nominate/challenge your friends, co-workers, Church Groups, local Newspaper and so on. It truly is for a good and valid cause.
At 05h30 Monday morning, Neels took me to the Pretoria Bus Terminal, where I boarded the bus for Malelane. I arrived at Malelane at 15h30 and was picked up by Hannes and taken to our warehouse. At the warehouse I met Linda and went through the briefing for my trip.
The Easter / April 2018 trip has come to an end and was from what I hear was once again gratefully received with things becoming more difficult in Zimbabwe with each passing day. This round trip was done by Russel (His first solo trip with the truck), who only got back 2 days ago. Once I receive his trip report I will be sharing it with everyone. Thank you, Russel, for your assistance with this trip and helping Liz with her move.
Good morning from a lovely wet Malelane, we are extremely grateful for the past 2 days rain. Hannes has been busy with collecting some of our bulk stock purchases from Nelspruit, while I have been doing the final odds and ends making sure everything is 100% for the Accountant and our year end. In between all of this we have been busy preparing for our next trip scheduled to take place shortly at the end of March / beginning April 2018, Russel Johnson will be doing his first solo trip for the fund and we are wishing him safe travels. On this trip Hannes will also be submitting all the paperwork for our next stock uptake.
After a slight misunderstanding on the trip commencement date I left Malelane Tuesday 30 January.
Dropping your last born at University in Pretoria for the first time and then doing a trip to visit the Pensioners in Zim is emotional suicide but, as always, well worth every single kilometre for the joy & comfort that it brings the old folk “back home”. Their love and gratitude is immeasurable.
It is with a very sore heart that we must share the news of Attie Botha’s passing on Saturday the 3rd February 2018 at midday. After a long battle with Cancer Attie passed to a Higher Service. He will be sorely missed by everyone. His passing is a great loss to everyone who’s lives he touched. May he Rest in Peace.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone all the best for 2018, may it be a good year for all of us. With everyone’s amazing support we managed to get all our Golden Oldies adopted for Christmas 2017. Please find in good order the December 2017 Trip report supplied by Daniel Koekemoer. A BIG THANK YOU to Daniel and his wife Elza who accompanied him on this trip. You certainly made the wheels turn for our Golden Oldies this Christmas.