Update on the past 2 months with the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund:
June trip –
Hannes left Malelane early on Sunday the 19th June and spent the night by Joe and Ester Joubert in Musina (A Big Thank You). With all our paper work in order (So we thought) he arrived at the border bright and early Monday morning only to find out things were not going to be so smooth as on Saturday the 18th June they brought the now infamous statute 64 of 2016 into effect. The powers that be refused to allow the truck to proceed any further without the “new” paperwork / permits required. After almost 2 days of being stuck at the border one of our Pensioners (Thank You Shannon) managed to pick Hannes up from Beitbridge on Wednesday and get him to Bulawayo (While the truck loaded with 14 tons of food aid had to be left at the border). He left Bulawayo early on Thursday morning and went through to Harare to get the new permits required. They finally came through late on Friday afternoon just before closing he was able to collect them. They were then couriered down to Bulawayo to the clearing agent. Hannes was assured all would be processed and ready for him by Sunday morning so he could pick up the UD 90 which was still standing at the border. However easy is not a word we associate with what we do and when he was back on his way to BB on Sunday he received a call saying there was another hiccup but not to stress they were sorting it out. This turned out to be a $2000 USD penalty for arriving at the border without the correct import permits. Hannes finally managed to get the truck released by the Zimbabwe Officials at about 3pm on Sunday. Hannes finally arrived in Bulawayo almost a week late, where he offloaded the truck on Monday and started with the labelling and packing of the boxes. Once this was done he was finally able to start delivering the boxes to our Golden Oldies. He also had to renew the trucks coupons due to the delay at the border as they are only valid for 2 weeks. During the time Hannes was doing the round trip around Zimbabwe to deliver the food aid boxes the general public’s temperature began to rise in Zimbabwe with the stay aways coming into being. We were very Thankful that he managed to get both in and out of Zimbabwe with the truck all in good order.
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ZIMBABWE PENSIONERS SUPPORT FUND TRIP REPORT February 2016
Crosby Stills Nash & Young (and a bit of Joan Baez)
Five and a half thousand Km’s, from start to finish, and not a single one that wasn’t utterly humbling and worth the effort……..
I left Durban early on 23 February and made for Malelane, Mpumalanga. I had a thing or two to do in Ladysmith and Newcastle so I made a day of it; arriving at our warehouse in the early evening. Linda was there to receive me and, as efficiently as always, had all the border documents and truck prepared for me. I was relieved to learn that I was to take the 16 ton truck which is newer and somewhat more comfortable than the older, but faithful, 8 ton that I usually get.
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The Zimbabwe Pensioners Support Fund is a registered Charity in the UK. It is a non-profit, non-political organisation who help our parent Team, Zimbabwe Pensioners Supporter Fund in Malelane South Africa to deliver those eagerly awaited boxes of provisions and medical supplies to our Golden Oldies.
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