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Summer in the Kalahari

Heat of Day

Summer in the Kalahari has many faces. By late October it seems almost certain that the rains are going to stay away. The pans are empty with cracked dried mud which carries the footpints of birds antelope and cattle.

Thousands of zebra and wildebeest congregate at the waterholes in the dry Boteti river, playing a survival game. A quest for water and grazing, chased by elephants and ambushed by lions. It all translates into sound. At night, the trumpeting of elephants and the calls of the zebras. In the early hours of the morning the roaring of lions. At daybreak, carcasses near the waterholes and the cries of the vultures.
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Pictures from the Boteti River, Botswana

Photography is a keen interest of mine. Here are some favourite shots – six in all – from Botswana’s Boteti River.

Zebras - Boteti River

Hippos

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Welcome to Johan Steyn’s Blog

Johan SteynGreetings and welcome to my blog. My novel, Father Michael’s Lottery, is set to be launched in the United States by Schaffner Press on 1 Dec, otherwise known as World AIDS Day. The launch will involve a video that I recorded recently at the University of KwaZulu Natal, whose own Press first published the book, in 2005. (For more, see the Schaffner press release below; and click here for a summary of the book.)

Having worked and travelled a lot in Africa, I became increasingly aware of the magnitude of the AIDS pandemic, ultimately the story behind the novel. The numbers are mind boggling: 22 million people living with AIDS, 61% of them women, 11million orphans, 5700 deaths per day, 2 million deaths per annum.

But these are only cold, clinical figures. They tell you nothing about the people involved, or the devastation caused on a more personal level.

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