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Collection by Amos van der Merwe

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Human Rights – You’re Joking, Right? | Rolbos ©

Human Rights – You’re Joking, Right?

“They went about it the wrong way.” Servaas is in his black suit again, the heavy frown changing his eyes to slits. “There’s no such thing as Human Rights. It’s nothing to celebrate, anyway.” For o…

Fanny's Surprise (# 32)

Fanny’s Surprise (# 32)

1996… While the Royal divorce made the headlines, there was the time Doc thought he had a chance… That was long ago, when Mandela was president and South Africa was the darling of the …

Bushman secrets

Vetfaan’s Surprise (# 4)

“Gee, Vetfaan, it is so huge! I’ve never seen anything like it.” Vetfaan is putting on his old rugby shorts (as pyjamas) behind the Ford and glances down. “It’s not b…

Gert's fountain

Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 15)

Old cars, Gertruida likes reminding everybody, are like old stories. Although they can’t compete with the fast modern types, they tend to fascinate a select section of the population. Not all…

Gert Smit's Tomatoes (# 13)

Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 13)

Gert jumped up, started to salute, remembered he wore no cap or hat, smiled sheepishly and sat down again. Lettie’s hand found his under the table. They were in this together, she was saying.…

Gert Smit's Tomatoes (# 11)

Gert Smit’s Tomatoes (# 11)

“The two men staring at Gert – let’s call them Dan and Ben, because the language barrier prevented any proper conversation, let alone introductions – were simple fishermen.…

And so, Servaas's fantasies finall catch up with him...

Bianca (# 14)

Time doesn’t count for much in the Kalahari. Days come and go. Seasons are a better way of keeping tabs on the passage of time. Boggel’s New Year’s party is maybe the best way to …

A tale of a Himba - proud, yet humble

The Bullet (# 6)

“I remember those days,” Vetfaan stares at the rising sun, recalling the time after the war, “because so many of my friends struggled to adapt to civilian life again. We got so us…

We can learn a lot from the Himbas

The Bullet (# 5)

“Sergeant Ben did one more thing before the Bedford loaded them all up to take them to Grootfontein.” The Himba man smacks his lips and gobbles down one more lamb chop before continuing…

A Himba story...

The Bullet (# 1)

Of course the conversation ceased when the man walked down Voortrekker Weg. Not only is it unusual for Rolbos to be the final destination of any traveller, there was something else: it felt as if t…

Job's Deception (# 1)

Job’s Deception (# 1)

Gertruida will tell you (because she knows everything) about Deception, but only after she’s sworn you to silence. Everlasting secrecy, nothing less. Otherwise she’ll just smile and tel…

The Cave (# 7)

The Cave (# 7)

The cool air and the fear of the unknown cause the artist to shiver as the men enter the chamber. They’re quite close now, and she can make out their words clearly. “Look, the blue line…

Gertruida's Journey (# 2)

Gertruida’s Journey (# 2)

Gertruida replaces the handset carefully, as if it was the most fragile thing in the world. The call from Paul Harrison was most certainly not something she expected – nor could she foresee t…

Fanny’s Surprise (# 36) | Rolbos ©  An aeroplane about to crash...

Fanny’s Surprise (# 36)

Captain Mokoena is about 180 km North-East of Upington, trying to complete one of his fuel-consuming circles, when there is a sudden loss of power. There is no way he can keep the craft level any m…

When love has to wait....

Fanny’s Surprise (# 33)

“I don’t know what to do.” This strange statement by Gertruida causes an immediate hush in Boggel’s Place. Gertruida uncertain? Now there’s an oxymoron for you! Bogg…

Life from above

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above (Lessons to be learnt in the Kalahari)

These two explorers live on an elevated shelf in Boggel’s Place. They have learnt a valuable lesson – by viewing things from a greater height, you get a better perspective of life. In …