Water pumping day, on Whitby, Matopos

Yup, as you can see, this set up is actually working, pumping water! Water is a constant problem in drought prone Matabeleland. This borehole is on a farm that used to be part of Anglesea, and is now resettled. They struggle to keep it running, and in return for helping them (with the logistics, like sheer legs and block-and-tackles) they supply us with water. They pump every couple of days, and its a fairly social affair:

This guy, below, came galloping in on his “ferrari” and made his dad mad, cos he nearly had a prang!

From the borehole, the water is pumped into the tank pictured, and then sent up to “us” on the hill about a kilometre away. From there its gravity fed to Anglesea. I, of course, climbed the hill!

This view is looking right at Bambata Cave.

I took a fair number of photos up there, which I have put into a gallery:

Farms, such as Whitby which have been divided up into small plots look much like “Communal Areas, or Tribal Trust Lands,” with traditional homes. I took these videos shortly after this visit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnCcBIImJ_k

I leave you today with a photo of a flat topped thorn tree, classic Matopos rocks in the background.

All my photos are taken in RAW and can be printed in A2 (comfortably) although some people bought them from me and printed to A1 without losing too much detail. Generally I donate any money raised to charity (recently it’s been to keep the farm kids occupied learning, during COVID lockdown) but I want to either get my camera fixed, (its got some marks on the inside of the lens) or replace it.

So, please drop me an email on forfrankiekay@gmail.com if you would like one hanging on your wall.

8 thoughts on “Water pumping day, on Whitby, Matopos

  1. Oh I LONG to be there again…I presently live in Capetown but I go “home to Bulawayo every year but this year of course I couldn’t go. Your pictures are so evocative. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you – its nice that you comment on my posts since most of my followers are ex-Zimbabweans who like to see photos of “home.” Many Zimbabweans have had to leave here due to the collapse of the economy, which is very sad. I often wonder if people who dont come from Africa enjoy the views that we do

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