Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian)

Wentworth Falls NSW AU

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July 2nd, 2009

Out of the mine! I did get into the mine, but without phone and camera.

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Call made to Resolute Mining’s MD in Dar es Salaam. He’ll try to fix, but I’m left at the gate guardhouse.

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Ah no. Phone / camera / laptop just to be registered. But my name is not on the gate list.

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Security at the mine gate are taking our phones and cameras. But we are negotiating.

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12km north of Nzega again, turning east to the Golden Pride mine. A crane soars on the updrafts.

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In Nzega, collecting Abdul. The tomn is bnoming, because of the mine. We are now 6 in the 4WD.

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Flat country. Rice fields. Baobab trees.

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Passing thru Tinde, about 40km to the mine. 9am.

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A row of cotton ginneries and cottonseed oil plants on the right, intdrnational boarding school on the left.

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Roadside signs & posts are one piece of concrete. Wood or metal would be stolen for building materitoto

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Sky lightens. Bicycles laden with baskets of produce for the markets stream down the other side of the road.

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Still dark as we drive along to shore of Lake Victoria out of Mwanza. Early workers walking at streetside.

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0600. Time to head downstairs to the vehicle. It’s still dark.

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@R_Chirgwin We’ll be on a highway somewhere. So yes, good coverage.

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@R_Chirgwin Recording “A Series of Tubes” at 8am EAT (3pm AEST) tomorrow? I have no idea where we’ll be, but probably driving.

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ActionAid has been invited to visit the Golden Pride mine and be shown that, they say, all is well.

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The gold mine is the Australian-owned “Golden Pride”. There’s been problems with gold mines here in Tanzania (remember Ok Tedi?).

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@sylmobile There is a hiphop group called Wanaume, “Men”. http://bit.ly/2Rl4r7 but in my context I meant “the gents (toilet)”.

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@ApostrophePong I think anyone saying “wakey wakey” to me is risking their life. ;)

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0445. The call for dawn prayers just wafted across from a nearby mosque. I’m in Mwanza, Tanzania’s second city on Lake Victoria.

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Thu plan (D6): 3.5 hour drive back to Nzega to visit gold mine, then further driving to start returning to Dar es Salaam. Route TBA.

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Also, my interview on ABC radio 891 Adelaide (@891adelaide) is Friday morning 0530 Adelaide time. I was confused.

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@R_Chirgwin Just call me on my usual mobile (on my website). Haven’t needed to turn the sat phone on, there’s good mobile coverage.

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@Jen_Bennett “African meditations”? I wish I had the TIME for meditations!

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Emerges. Nearly 0430. We have to leave at 0600.

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After “one for the road” comes “one for no good reason”, apparrently. And then one more.

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ABC Radio interview done. I thhnk I made sense.

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Almost 10pm. Checked into Imagi Hill Hntel, Dododa, Tanzania.

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I’ll be on ABC Radio 891 Adelaide in 90 mins or so, after 5.30am Adelaide time. Can someone record the stream for me?

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Lights of Dodoma finally visibld over the hill. Yay.

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This last bit of the run into Dodoba feels like it’s taking forever. We started driving at 0615, it’s now 2115.

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A speed hump is the first test. The wheel does not fall off. Bonus.

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Flat tyre on the highwdy at night. 70km from Dodoma. It’s the tyre repaired on the wax north.

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Back on tarmac. 7.50pm. That road has turned my entire body to jelly.

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I was wondering whether the b-double petrol tankers tackled this “road” at night. They do.

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Ah yes! That 70kn of dirt-track pseudo-road. It’s almost sunset. We’ll have to do some in the dark.

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Noticing different things this time. A rocky gorge, empty now. Would love to see it in the wet. Signs of a bushfire in a recent year.

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It’s 4.30pm. Albert says we’ll reach Dodoma 8pm. Anyone wanna bet on that? We’re at Shelui, buying sunflower oil.

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On the long hot drive back the way we came. We plan to reach Dodoma tonight.

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I’ll write about the mine later. Meanwhile, negotiating complexity in Nzega.

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