-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Juba Adventures

1st Feb 13
Windows and doors rattling, building shaking, the sky alive with flashes of light, as the Gods did battle in the skies above Juba Town. The rain, a welcome relief from the afternoon dust storms that swirl through the streets. Certainly not something you want to be out and about in.

A new tax has been introduced for residence of Juba, to cover the costs of police and refuse removal. While not sounding much, it’s the equivalent cost of a dozen bread rolls a day for a week.

Managed to get a painting done before waking in the crazy early hours with a zillion things going through my head. Fortunately the internet is fixed after being fried in the storm and I was able to get emails sent. Headed out for my jog, the moon no help in lighting the obstacles along the road, but no blood!

It’s performance appraisal time with my 360 feedback throwing a few unexpected curved balls which need reflection. What has been noticeable is how things like social media have improved communication on performance related matters. The real time feedback of social media has meant that staff expect, and demand, ongoing feedback on their performance. Old style confrontation performance reviews, are increasingly becoming performance improvement and strategy discussions.

Shooting somewhere in Juba Town. The security guards didn’t seem fazed, content to sit and carry on playing a board game in the half light. Decided not to go out for a jog.

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.

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