Volcanoes in SA – “I’ feel the trembles”, I uttered as I left the airport.   That was how I felt as we got out of the electric bus in Johannesburg that took us to the small commuter plane for our Botswana safari.  It was evident on the faces and in the conversations, but like the proverbial “elephant in the room”, nobody wanted to mention violence.  Really just whispers and innuendo as everyone seemed too fearful to discuss collapse or anarchy.Screen Shot 2015-11-08 at 10.35.46 AM

Government and infrastructure is regressing in South Africa.

The dissipation of hope and trust coupled with a lack of faith in consistent rule of law is pressuring the fissures.

Acts of violence and aggression occur with a blinding excuse of minor spats.


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The difference in posture, discussion points and blood pressure between South Africans and Botswanans became dramatic as the month progressed.   The trembles seem real with many looking forward to the disruption.

It had been a long time since I looked into eyes filled with such violence, fear, and in a few, raging darkness.   Every time I felt the tremor I thought of how we take for granted our home.

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The corruption of the African National Congress was an apparent crisis that was adding to the volcanic pressures.  The legitimate businesses are keeping capital close.

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Here are some of the headlines from the SA papers while on the trip.  After seeing the headlines and feeling the vibe of violence, and then after experiencing the safaris in the bush, it was easy to sense how those living in Africa act and think closer to how nature “acts” than those of us insulated by the culture of western society.