After about a year in the bush I began to wonder whether we would ever be called upon to take care of a wildlife orphan. I had read several accounts of this happening to other people living in the wilds and, knowing it to be no easy task, wondered how we would manage.
20/04/10: Chapter 11 Part 2 Johnson Mgiba
It was around this time that we acquired a second game-drive vehicle and another tracker, Morris Mnisi. Morris’s wife, Eunice, later joined the kitchen staff. This meant that when the camp filled up, Jurie and Morris would drive the new vehicle. Having extra sets of eyes out there in the bush was greatly beneficial as it was difficult on one’s own, searching for game while trying to cover our whole area.
06/04/10: Chapter 11 Part 1 Johnson Mgiba
During 1994 I think I had bumped into Johnson once or twice in Utha village, where most of the staff came from, and knew him to be a chef working at a renowned lodge much further north. I noticed him because he looked a little like Captain Picard from StarTrek. Apart from commenting on that I am not sure whether we had ever discussed his coming to work at Djuma. However, when Dixon and Abel mentioned that I was looking rather exhausted, and suggested the need for a full-time qualified chef, my thoughts wandered over to Johnson.
16/03/10: Chapter 10 Part 2 Dixon Mkansi
For obvious reasons I have tried not to mention guests by name, but I cannot help naming Sven Trautner. The first time they visited Djuma must have been about 1995, because I took the enquiry when the “office” was still behind the bar at Bush Lodge. I must have said something right, because Sven and his wife Else Beth, from Denmark, arrived after attending to some business in Johannesburg. It turned out that Sven was the head of the trauma unit at a hospital in Copenhagen.
01/03/10: Chapter 10 Part 1 Dixon Mkansi
By the beginning of 1995 business was brisk, and Jurie and I were starting to feel the strain of running the lodge on a round-the-clock basis. Jurie was driving, and walking, guests, organizing the camp maintenance, administration, entertainment, and anything else that needed doing, while I, among other things, was cooking, helping with the housekeeping, coordinating the guests’ activities, and battling with the garden.