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SSOC braai at Juba 3

Security issues that have dominated the past weeks, replaced by people issues. Staff stranded in various parts of the globe after having documents and money stolen. One of the engineers admitted to the UNMISS clinic in Malakal with suspected heart problems and unfortunately not recovering. Special flight organized to get his body back to Juba and get the information to his family.

Transit Guesthouse, where Jogchum has turned a blank wall into a feature by having granadilla plants create vertical lines of green. Simple, and stunning, particularly with the shadows of the foliage. The subject for a small painting.

Lines of Green
Oil on Canvas 40cmx30cm

House is quiet after the departure of my staff. The mess is under control and the storm that has been threatening all afternoon continues to rumble like a bad tempered old man with gas!

Around 27 people were here for the braai that Edit and Sher did all the hard work for. At one point we had 11 cooks around the fire from 8 nationalities and not a single South African or Australian interfering! Sher marinaded his meat in a special Afghan, or LA, receipt that involved lots of bits, including Tabasco. Tasty it was. There was a bit of concern about the lack of kitchen implements, however, Simon did a great job of putting out a whole range of salad bits, of which there were no leftovers.

I don’t think anyone went home with paint on them!

Juba Style, a small painting (15cmx15cm) for Van of a view over a green Juba Town from the top of Jebel hill.

juba Style
Oil on Canvas 15cmx15cm

The design for the National Archive has been released. Very pleased that its the design that I liked the most. Hopefully it won’t change too much from the original concept as it goes through the detailed phases.


My jog around the Juba 3 circuit, with more wild flowers out after the rains. Seemed like an impossibly long way.

Painting for Aly packed for its trip to France, fridge emptied, coffee machine cleaned, linen changed, ironing sorted and suitcase packed.

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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