Africa’s riches but not her lineage?
South Africa… The dusty veld seems endless perhaps worthless now the rand has little value.
So far from beginnings, far in space, far in time, in a cave under the dusty veld lies Mrs Ples; ancestor of us all? Die Volk disagree Though they breathe in the dust and become African.
Even the English are not sure they want a lineage from Africa;
Though they’re happy enough to build roads and railways and claim these as their legacy to Africa.
Happy also to claim her riches.
Gold-bearing reefs lie beneath the dusty veld that men fought over, killed cleanly, killed dirtily, killed by not caring.
Let us bury history under the dusty veld and write a new start with Truth and Reconciliation! But how to progress? How to undo the blight of history?
To reclaim the century wasted?
In the end there will be gold in the reefs, Mrs Ples safe in the cave and dust on the veld. Dust to dust Ashes to ashes. At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember, after all, this is Africa. South African living in New Zealand