Coming Soon? A Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Zambia/Botswana

There is quite a lot traffic between Zambia and Botswana even though those two countries have common border only a little bit over 100 meters and that border is in the middle of Zambezi River. There has been talk about building a bridge there at Kazungula for years or maybe decades because there is no bridge. Seriously. No bridge. All the lorries (as in the pictures) and stuff are transported over the river by ferry boat. And they might have to wait pretty long to get to the other side.

Now some serious plans have been made to finally start the construction but that has waken up Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe doesn’t want to loose revenues and denies Zambia and Botswana having any common border. Interesting dilemma. So is there coming a bridge soon? Who knows… TIA.

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TIA (This Is Africa)

TIA (This Is Africa)

Swaziland
I came around with TIA on my first day at the field in southern Swaziland. (I had been in Africa a week or so.) It was a very hot day. Me and two other student were were brought onto a site to see fooddistribution. With us there were the loval community and one staff member from the NGO we were with (but he was behind closed doors doing HIv-testing and counseling). And we waited. We waited for hours and had no idea what was going on. We had some water with us so we could drink. We even had some food but we didn’t dare to eat in the middle of those people who were waitting for the fooddistribution. We waited there about five hours and finally that foodtruck came (they had had some problems with the truck). They got the fooddistribution going on and then some one decided that it was time to us get back. On our way back to a site office we stopped to meet a women’s saving group. There one of the NGO staff members asked how our day had been. We told about it and he laught and said: This is Africa.