We were watching the news last night and they had an item on the situation in Zimbabwe. I was there for business for a fortnight in 1995, and remember the general view being that apart from South Africa, Zim was a pretty good place to live and work by comparison to the rest of Africa. I am terribly sad to see how it has changed, and especially to see that average life expectancy is now in the mid 30’s, and the lowest in Africa.
I guess the seeds were there even then though. The photo below was taken whilst we went on a day-trip to some caves. The first ~10 miles from Harare were on a perfect dual carriageway – the best road surface I can recall anywhere in the world, though the mud huts shown are only a few meters from the road. The rest was unmade road as I recall. The first part went as far as where Mugabe has his house.