A SOCIETY REDISCOVERED
By: Tony Manyangadze
A locally renowned adventurer, author and former media pundit, Patricia Glyn was at the Educational Centre at the Durban Botanic Gardens where she shared her experiences from her escapades with the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert.
“The expedition lasted for two months. The main aim was to map the heritage of the Khomani Bushmen and their history,” Glyn said.
In the talk, Glyn focused more on the conservative lifestyle of the Bushmen, their connection to nature and, consequentially, how they have been marginalised for more than five centuries.
“We observe the landscape but they are in it,” she said. “Sand is the Bushmen newspaper, it’s the first thing they look at in the morning,” added Glyn.
The 53-year-old adventurer also highlighted that the Bushmen of the Kalahari are living in dire situations with no water, electricity or proper refuse collection. It’s like civilisation is appearing to “freeze the Bushmen in time,” she said.
Peter Morris who was present was both intrigued and moved by the talk and felt that more people should follow the footsteps of Glyn.
“The fact that different societies are doing something to save the posterity of the early South Africa’s times but non of us has done as much as Patricia has done in delving into the early times of the Bushmen, where we all came from”.
After the lecture, Glyn took the opportunity to promote her book entitled What Dawid Knew.
According to Glyn, “The book is an adventure story of our expedition in the Kalahari and it also documents the History of the Khomani Bushmen.”
The audience queued to buy and get their copies signed. Marianna Ludick (91) was one of them. She was very enthusiastic and could not wait to read hers.
“I am looking forward to reading the book, I rarely read novels but this one is an exception,” she said with a widening smile.
“The talk was very interesting, I never miss out on talks here because I found it very informative,” added Ludick