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Coen van Wyk

Country South Africa - Gauteng 



I was born in Johannesburg, one of the generation that was supposed to benefit from Apartheid, and who worked to end it. Always an outsider, I did what I had to do: went to school, did compulsory military service, went to University (Economics and International Relations) then opted out and went to work on a game reserve. In 1976 I joined the Civil Service in order to do something to change my country for the better, and percolated into the Diplomatic service. Here I learnt the joys of travel, of learning foreign languages, getting to know different cultures and cuisines, and of meeting fascinating people. But after 37 years, having lived in Africa, Europe and, briefly, the USA diplomacy was not fun any more. I shook hands with Presidents reputed to be mass murderers and had to be polite to dictators and hit-men, now I could meet with villagers, ordinary people, visit the places I always dreamt of, and go diving instead of enduring dreary receptions. I give in easily to the call of the open road, and love driving, writing about it, meeting interesting people, eating interesting food (on the waterfront of Raiateia you can eat vanilla-flavored fish in coconut milk that is absolutely fantastic) and doing things I could not do before. My hobbies include photography, building a sailboat, and spoiling my grandchildren.

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Endings and Beginnings

February 20, 2020

Of Presidents and the Law

February 06, 2020

The Law of the Land

January 24, 2020

An Underwater Epiphany

December 28, 2019

Now For Some Dark Humor

December 14, 2019

Is the Long Night Coming?

November 30, 2019

United In Sport - Maybe?

November 08, 2019

The Vleiloerie Calls

October 10, 2019

Competition and Peace

September 15, 2019

On Love and Happiness

August 25, 2019

Movement in Mali

August 07, 2019

Death of Satire?

July 14, 2019

He’s a Bastard

June 16, 2019

Market Madness

May 26, 2019

Of Fences and Gates

April 13, 2019

Freedom Denied

March 16, 2019

The Art of the Lie

February 16, 2019

Time For a Joke

February 08, 2019

Make Bucks, Not War

January 12, 2019

To Label Is To Limit

January 05, 2019

Two Christmas Gifts

December 25, 2018

When Taxpayers Lose Trust

December 16, 2018

Congo Fever Strikes

December 09, 2018

And Now for the Good News

November 04, 2018

Politics of Survival

September 22, 2018

China and Africa

September 13, 2018

Slavery in Paradise

September 08, 2018

Spring in Zimbabwe?

August 19, 2018

Land of My Fathers

August 11, 2018

Blame it on Ulpian

August 05, 2018

A Story on the Wind

July 21, 2018

Spring in the Congo

June 17, 2018

Ebola Outbreak

May 20, 2018


May 11, 2018

Exorcising Apartheid

April 28, 2018

Is War in Our Genes?

April 13, 2018

Sunset Over Africa

April 04, 2018

Morning, Brother!

March 23, 2018

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