Jim Freeman
3 minute read
12 Jan 2020
11:01 am

Namibia – where dense clouds are a rare vision of hope

Jim Freeman

I’ve lived in the Western Cape for more than 30 years and, though I love the place dearly, I feel there’s something flawed about it.

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The people who call Cape Town home – specifically those who were born here – lack an African identity: they are from Africa but not of it. The two places I call home are the Eastern Cape and Namibia. To call the majority of Namibians and inhabitants of the Eastern Cape’s country districts “down to earth” is to dramatically downplay their connection to the soil and everything that relies on the land’s wellbeing for its existence. The Western Cape has suffered serious drought for much of the past decade and, until the rains fell last year, there was much talk...