By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt
The notable tale of a guy who used to be born in Germany and made up our minds, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa. His e-book describes sixty years reviews as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and at last for himself. He and his kinfolk skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas residing in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.
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Once I asked him why he opened his umbrella even when there was no rain? “If there is no rain then there is hot sun and I like walking in the shade,” he explained. Well, that was sixty years ago. Now the managers drive around in Landrovers or on motorbikes. The harvesting of the coconuts was done by a special guild. Their only work was to climb the palms and get the nuts. The plantation overseer was Ombasha Sudi, a former askari (African soldier). He supervised the nut harvest. The harvesters were paid by the palms they climbed.
Fortunately for Mr. Korn, he was lucky most of the time and his salt was transported by dhow to Dar es Salaam. Once I visited him on his saline. He was walking around dressed as usual in spotless whites, complete with a stiff collar and tie, and had a beetroot red face. As you can imagine, walking around these basins, which reflected the sun like a mirror, it was phenomenally hot. I asked him why he insisted on wearing the uncomfortable collar. A salt saline (salt evaporation operation) “Young man,” he lectured me, “you do not understand.
When a dhow arrived, they beat a drum on board to call the Customs officer. There was always a lot of fuss with the arrival of a dhow. Passengers arriving, unloading and loading, everyone hollering instructions at once. My house was not far from the beach and I could watch this ritual. Zanzibar is not far from Bagamoyo and there was always lots of traffic. A dhow needed about six hours to cross to Zanzibar. But occasionally they were becalmed and drifted around for several days. In the 1920s, life went on as in former times; only the slave trade had disappeared.
60 Years in East Africa. Life of a Settler 1926 to 1986 by Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt