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  1. Re: Kaokoland, Damaraland and their Riverbeds - Mini Trip Report

    We plan to travel from Ugab Rhino Camp area via Doros Crater and Burnt Mountain to Twyfelfontein in August this year in our 2006 Land Cruiser GX 1Hz. Any advice on the condition and advisability of...
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    Re: Building my first house - low budget

    Great advice - architects, engineers and other consultants suffer from the agency problem - which occurs when one person or entity (the "agent"), is able to make decisions and/or take actions on...
  3. Re: What are your non negotiables when buying a 4x4?

    For a property it is location, location, location...
    For a 4x4 it is reliability, reliability, reliability...
    No electronics, no turbo, mechanical pumps, solid axles, big wheels and bigger...
  4. Re: Eskom's new proposal for homes with solar panels

    Well said Steve - the loss to Southern Africa due to political instability is staggering. The first chief executive of ESKOM, Ian McRae, had a dream to connect a hydro power plant on the Congo river...
  5. Re: Disputing a ridiculous CoCT water bill?

    Attached is a summary of what the CoCT executive and council extract from taxpaying citizens each year. The cost of CoCT has trebled in the past decade, and has increased five fold to us - even...
  6. Re: Disputing a ridiculous CoCT water bill?

    At R4m pa per executive director CoCT needs your money - good luck in getting fair treatment - we paid R200k for water that we did not use and they eventually credited about R20k!
  7. Re: Eskom's new proposal for homes with solar panels

    Some time ago I tried to illustrate this with the attached diagram. CoCT responded in a huff with the claim:
    "TheEskom tariff to municipalities is approved by NERSA and it representsabout 70% of...
  8. Re: Eskom's new proposal for homes with solar panels

    The "time of use" versus "time of generation" argument is valid so one can reasonably expect a different tariff for day versus night consumption. But the real problem is that electricity (and water)...
  9. Re: Overland vehicle prep... What would you do?

    This is the best advice that I have seen! In some sixty years of travelling the African hinterland the only real trouble I have had was due to my ignorance, inexperience and stupidity. A vehicle that...
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    Re: How old is your mobile fridge?

    A couple of years earlier in 2001 we drove from Cape Town to Tanzania in a Jeep Cherokee (of all things) with a new 40l Engel which is now installed and working in our somewhat newer Cruiser. I...
  11. Re: 2020 Defender Namibia, koakoland, Van Zyls Pass driving impressions

    Agree fully - but what do you expect from yobbos inspired by Jeremy Clarkson?
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    Re: Your Diesel: RPM at 120km/h

    2006 Land Cruiser with 1Hz engine (no turbo, no electronic injection ...) in top gear exactly 3000 rpm at 120km/h per GPS (125+km/h per speedo). Needs to fall off a cliff to go any faster.
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    Re: Snorkel or not?

    "Simplicate and add lightness" is a philosophy attributed variously to Colin Chapman of Lotus, Edward Heinemann of Douglas Aircraft, pioneering inventor and engineer William Bushnell Stout and...
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    Re: Australian killed by Elephant Kunene

    I was interested in the comment that the elephants and presumably other game are becoming more aggressive because of drought or other aspects of climate change. Is there any research evidence to...
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    Re: Land Cruisers too uneconomical?

    That is what I thought when I bought the vehicle from them some years ago. However at my most recent service I was told by the Workshop Manager that they were completely independent of Toyota so it...
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    Re: Land Cruisers too uneconomical?

    I have serviced my 105 series Land Cruiser at Market Toyota since new but am now considering other options.
    After one service the oil drain plug was left finger tight which fact I picked up from a...
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    Re: Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    If you have extra water use it dampen mosquito net or shade cloth of the tent - evaporative cooling can be quite amazing. Many years ago at Inhassoro on the Mozambique coast the fish factory used a...
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    100 series questions

    Bought my 105 GX with 1Hz diesel in July 2006 and have no regrets. No problems whatsoever so it qualifies as the best vehicle I have ever owned which, as I am in my 70s, is saying something!
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    Re: West coast burning

    The DA does a pretty good job of discrediting itself - in Cape Town at least.
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    Re: Trip of a lifetime.

    I am not sure if the T4A maps have been updated in recent years - we found their coverage of Western Zambia to be very poor. Perhaps others have more recent knowledge.
  21. Re: COCT - activates water rationing with immediate effect.

    Last year the Cape Town water authority installed a new meter and non-return valve at our place, presumably to prevent flow back into the mains, so they are aware of the issue. Those who want to...
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    Re: Never again Zimbabwe

    I apologize if my post is taken to be rude - that was not my intention - I merely wish to point out what I believe to be true - that visits to Zimbabwe are claimed by the regime to show everything is...
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    Re: Never again Zimbabwe

    Try Zambia - the Lower Zambezi area is as good as Mana Pools and is becoming more accessible - and you can get there via Botswana or Namibia. Take in Vic Falls from the north bank, visit the Barotse...
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    Re: Never again Zimbabwe

    I agree entirely, lets vote with our wheels for the countries that welcome us and against those that don't. Copy their Ministers of Tourism with our experiences in each country so that they can...
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    Re: Never again Zimbabwe

    I agree entirely, lets vote with our wheels for the countries that welcome us and against those that don't. Copy their Ministers of Tourism with our experiences in each country so that they can...
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    Re: Advise on property in Western Cape

    Make sure there is no vacant or under-utilized land or old houses near where you buy. The City of Cape Town has a policy to increase the supply of affordable housing which enables developers to build...
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    Re: Never again Zimbabwe

    What do you expect of those who have grown up with a sociopathic thief for president? Perhaps we will have the same behavior here in a few years.
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    Re: X-Class to be revealed on 18 July !

    As a vehicle from another German company with a less than savory ethical reputation I would check the specs very carefully. Perhaps it is aimed at those who spend other peoples' money, but at least...
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    Re: Gravel road driving etiquette

    Why is it that vehicles with CY plates always seem to accelerate when being overtaken by those with CA plates? Or is it just my imagination?:)
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    Re: Drone reception

    Drone reception is BAD in many national parks - for example in the USA they are prohibited - and I think that trend may continue elsewhere. Who wants to retrieve a downed drone after filming a pride...
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    Re: Attitude change in Botswana?

    Have you taken details of the police concerned and forwarded your post to the minister responsible for tourism in Botswana. We had a similar situation in South Africa with the new visa regulations...
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    Re: Ben van Zyl and the Blerrie Aussie

    The real story here should be to travel properly prepared - plenty of water is a bare minimum - and a sat phone if you are alone. And no nationality has a monopoly on stupidity!
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    Re: Attitude change in Botswana?

    The semantics of bribe/blackmail/extortion depend on the power relation among parties. For example, the City of Cape Town can (and does) extort money from its citizens in the event of a dispute...
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    Re: Attitude change in Botswana?

    It is all too often forgotten that there are two parties to a bribe - or any other form of corruption - so why should we think that the poorer party is the guilty party? There would be no demand for...
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    Re: Repair cost of submerged vehicle

    IMHO we do not understand the complaints of our US visitors because we do not understand that our service levels and rental prices do not match what they are used to in the US. We have just returned...
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