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13th Jul 2019

As I suspected, after publishing the book new stories about the Mozambique Hell Run have emerged. Bertie Smit, who has just finished reading the book, told me of one this week. Around 1985-86, there wasn’t any military protection on the Namaacha-Maputo road. There were, however, soldiers at the checkpoints on either side of this transport…

7th Jun 2019

This is the cover of the Scope magazine, November 1992; one of the main articles was about the Mozambique Hell Run. I’ve never read this edition; I’d left trucking by then, and wasn’t really a Scope reader. I hope someone can get me a copy of this issue or even just a photo of the…

5th Jun 2019

This is a YouTube clip from a 1990 documentary called Frontiers: South Africa and Mozambique. At 20:17 there is footage of the Ressano-Maputo road which gives a small glimpse of some of the destruction on the corridors. Nadine Gordimer and her camera crew were being escorted by a whole platoon of soldiers; trucks had no…

5th Jun 2019

Listen to Carolyn Dempster interview H and Vera on their way to Maputo with a load of frozen fish. This is a radio clip for BBC World service from 1995. Even though it was more than two years after the end of the war the road still looked like a hell run. I first listened…