Saturday, July 21, 2012

Cry my beloved hometown, continued

In the absence of the normal workers, the Mlungus and a few African employees pitch in and offload the grain feed for the cattle

Continuing with my post two days ago about the chaos and destruction in and around our hometown in South Africa, I want to thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers at this time.  Apparently the area is in a state of limbo; most of the businesses in town are closed as people are not able leave their homes in the nearby township, Moemaneng to come to work. The elderly and infirm in town have been advised to stay in their homes or their apartments within the retirement center in town.

However, a business outside town, a large feedlot company has had to continue with or without workers. The mlungus* and a few trusty Africans who managed to escape intimidation, literally pitched in (no pun intended) and offloaded feed for the cattle and ultimately tended to the thousands of head of cattle on the ranch.

You can read about this company, Sparta Beef, here (Do go into the links provided to see how much Sparta does for the entire community of Marquard and Moemaneng) 
I hope you're all having a great weekend. 

Note: *mlungu is the Sesotho/Zulu name for anyone not of African origin, albeit Asian, European or Middle-Eastern.  In East Africa we foreigners are the mzungu. (both words pronounced with OO sounds - mloongoo and mzoongoo)


  1. It is sad that the unrest continues. i hope the mlungus keep safe.

  2. Sorry about the disarray in your area. Nice that someone is helping. Hope all returns to normal soon.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

  3. Fortunately these people are able to help out ! What a catastrophe for your town, I hope it will not last too long ! Unsatisfate people are dangerous !

  4. Oh Jo... I am so sorry.... I know this just breaks your heart... Are all of your family and friends there SAFE? Why does the rioting continue? What are they upset about? This is just so sad.

    Hugs and PRAYERS,

  5. Sure hope things settle down.

  6. I'll be praying Jo!!
    Brave Men!!

  7. Hi Jo, Its sad that people can't live together in harmony without harming others.
    My prayers are with you, your family and your beloved Africa.


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