... but of course, this cannot be as important as hearing about the lives of ordinary people.
And then last night, I heard the end of an article on Radio 4 about ZamBikes ... listen if you can, about 34 minutes through - it is only 5 minutes long... or read an article here.
Zambikes is a company set up to build bicycles ... from bamboo. In Zambia bamboo grows quickly, easily and cheaply, thus making it the ultimate eco-friendly product. The company is now looking to export the bicycles to the USA. I can't help willing organisations such as these on, as they are not seeking to import to Africa (and build up African debt) or take from Africa (exploit its resources) but are looking to export, by developing business and strengthening local community. Their product is locally sourced and made, is specially designed to cope with Zambian roads (a miracle in itself!) and is helping local people to improve their standard of living.
The gentleman interviewed by the BBC did not shy away from the problems there are. Business in Zambia is full of bureaucracy, the taxes are high and labour is often unskilled. But skills can be learnt and people are willing to work. They see opportunity to develop and grow, to provide a better home for their family, education for the children, food on the table. So much that we take for granted is a daily struggle for the majority.
(photo copyright of Zambikes)
And, to round off my little Zambian feast, here is a photo I took a couple of years ago of a sunset over the River Kafue, whilst we were gently chugging downstream. The driver even let my children steer for a while (then aged 4 & 6). The peace is overwhelming. Wish you were there?