Sean Christie
On being white:

A conversation with the author of a fascinating new book on Zimbabwe's commercial farmers.
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Searching for the eye of the Jukskei

One doesn’t get many truly fascinating weeks, but I’ve just enjoyed one. I thought it would be a nice idea to walk the length of the Jukskei River.
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More SA farm poetry

Part 2 of our selection of poems about life on the land in southern Africa.
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SA farm poetry

In a few months it will be a hundred years since the coming into effect of the Native Land Act, and the universities are frothing with activity as Phd candidates submit conference papers on “social protection measures and labour markets in Oranjia,” “unfair use of secret carp bait on the Hennops River” and the like, and 99% of these papers, petitions and reports simply add to the confusion of the already convoluted and painful ‘land question’.
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De Doorns despatches – 2

Getting beyond appearances in the strikelands of the Western Cape.
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De Doorns despatches – 1

Getting beyond appearances in the strikelands of the Western Cape
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Revisiting Zim’s country clubs

In Zimbabwe for much of the 20th Century, the ‘sports club’ was at the heart of social life. I spent much of my childhood on the cricket pitch and clay tennis courts of Norton Country Club, about 40km south-east of Harare.
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Coffee cup diaries - Part 2

The adventure continues...
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Coffee cup diaries - Part 1

When I measured the distance from the centre of Johannesburg to the stain my excitement mounted – it was almost exactly 100km. The message was clear: drive around Johannesburg hugging this diameter as closely as possible.
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