-  Diary of an Adventure   -  Juba Adventures

All three programmes are working hard to either kick off/resume work where we can restart our development projects safely. Particularly those which have a strong Community Component to get as much money into those communities at this time of economic hardship.

We have set up a temporary planning office in the conference room where we have been marking the map of South Sudan with both security issues and where projects status.

My ‘Innovation Wars’ dinner was beer-butt chicken, with a honey, soya sauce, olive oil and rosemary basting, cooked over the fire. The oven lid; made from a cardboard box covered in tin foil. Fresh bread rolls were there as a hunger filler as required.

The fresh bread rolls are difficult to find in Juba Town at this time, with most bakery’s closed. The queue, behind me was miles long and the shelves of rolls empty as I left with my yellow packet of freshly backed rolls.

The fire was far too hot. The chicken too small for four hungry guys. The skin black as the marinated acted as a fire igniter. The oven lid went up in flames. Fortunately, the resulting chicken, moist and tasty. My braai implements of a fork and cork screw resulted in singed fingers.

Sadly I received news that one of my staff passed away from TB complications during the night.

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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