Gro Brian Alan Danckwerts

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Gro  by  Brian Alan Danckwerts

Gro by Brian Alan Danckwerts
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GRO is the biography of a Rhodesian Farmer, a Sportsman aPhilosopher and since 2002, Refugee in Natal.As a farmer the author lived on six farms in Rhodesia, Zambia and theTransvaal but had to do with eleven farms in total. Mostly he farmedtobacco,MoreGRO is the biography of a Rhodesian Farmer, a Sportsman aPhilosopher and since 2002, Refugee in Natal.As a farmer the author lived on six farms in Rhodesia, Zambia and theTransvaal but had to do with eleven farms in total.

Mostly he farmedtobacco, but also farmed maize, Hybrid Seed Maize, beef cattle, dairyand pigs and also bananas and Macadamia nuts in Natal. In Zambiahe probably had the largest area of tropical pasture legumes in Africa.As a sportsman he was the winning novice in the 1950 ComradesMarathon. After a late start he did play, once, for the Rhodesian poloteam and in that match was the Most Valuable Player and hishandicap was raised to 5. He was still playing polo in Natal aged 78,but had to retire when the Paddock Polo Club collapsed through lackof members.

He played useful tennis throughout his life and is stillplaying at the Uvongo Club at 81.As a philosopher he came to reject religion at university. Then he cameto believe that men are not really responsible for their actions andcertainly should never be hated for their faults. In 1962 he proposed anew system of government for Rhodesia to replace the parliamentarydemocracy which he believed was unsuitable for Africa. He called hissystem Grass Roots Government and launched a Grass RootsOrganisation – GRO – to propagate the idea.

GRO met with verylimited success but the author still believes that something like it isnecessary in Africa.This is an interesting account of the authors life and thoughts which isrelaxingly easy to read.



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