Coffee With Moon Dreams and Wastegates

If you were having coffee with me I would be happy to have you visit this tangle of words and ask if the moon makes you feel some type of way, up in the sky just big and round, when full of course and then sometimes just a crescent sliver.

Moon howling

There’s something about the moon As a child, I would look up at the moon, wondering about the stories of the lady on the moon. The patches of shadows on the moon look like a lady carrying firewood on her head and a baby on her back… always walking, lost maybe, searching, seeking out, never finding…

the woman in the moon

There was supposed to be some sort of lesson to that fable but I don’t quite remember how it went, if you do or know a version of it do share. We have always been trying to understand the moon and its ever elusive far side… Anyway, guess who will be flying around the moon….

Ok not who but what… Artemis 1 will be doing its first uncrewed test flight to the moon under  NASA‘s Artemis program and as of May 2022, Artemis 1 was expected to launch around August 2022. The flight paves the way toward landing the first woman and the first person of colour on the Moon. Fancy having your name flying around the moon? You can sign up to have your name included in a flash drive that will fly aboard Artemis I

NASA Boarding Pass Artemis 1

🎶 Fly me to the moon
Let me play among the stars
🎶

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that something about it low key reminds me of the story that made headlines some time about the man who supposedly made millions of dollars selling dreams or rather more accurately real estate on the moon, Dennis Hope. Would you pay for a piece of paper that says hey you own a piece of the moon? Hope’s Lunar Embassy website claims to have sold more than 611 million acres of land on the moon. Before you rush off to look into buying your own slice of the moon, no one owns the moon and so you can’t legally buy or sell it.

Speaking about selling dreams, regular visitors to my site know how we have to deal with constant power outages, well some enterprising gentlemen came up with an energy solution which dealt with two problems – waste disposal and electricity generation. They had an elegant proposal to turn Pomona Dumpsite into a waste-to-energy power facility generating 22MW of electricity…

pomona waste management plant Harare
rendered impression of Pomona Waste Management Plant City Of Harare

If you were having coffee with me I would tell just as I was about to applaud this innovative move, the details behind the dodgy nature of the deal begun coming up in what is now being dubbed as The Wastegate Scandal in the media. Picture this: a foreign firm fences off the City Council’s dumpsite then starts charging the City Council USD$22 000 a day to dispose the city’s waste at their former dumpsite for the next 30 years while producing electricity that will be sold to the national power utility company…

So of course, there’s been a public outcry and talk about investigations on how such a deal got approved especially with the way tender procedures were disregarded. If contractual obligations were being followed it would mean that the city of Harare as of now (15 days after the project launch) would be owing USD $330 000.

City of Harare Official (left) hands over Pomona dumpsite to Geo Pomona Waste Managenent represantive Dilesh Nguwaya
City of Harare Official (left) hands over Pomona dumpsite to Geo Pomona Waste Managenent represantive Dilesh Nguwaya Image Credit Herald

If you were having coffee with I would say I wish I could sell dreams too, seems like a lucrative business… but anyway back to Earth, we had our monthly meetup with our blogging community and June will be the fourth year of our WinterABC Stoytelling Festival.

Tune in this June to listen to Africa and do pop by and encourage people taking part in the blogging, I dream of a world where no story goes untold.

WinterABC2022 themes

Whats been going on in your neck of the woods?

~B

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9 Comments

  1. I always thought that it was a rabbit on the moon. That waste management scandal sounds all levels of management dodgy if you ask me. Is it not possible for the city to have a share in the waste management company so as to reduce costs?

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  2. I don’t remember imagining anything much when looking at the moon.
    Question – when you sign up, you are able to look at the boarding pass. What else? They tell us to remember PIN to check the boarding pass later.
    What if they use that list to do something evil?

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    1. You didnt even wonder if it were made up of cheese? 😂

      hmmm I tried to figure out what possible shenanigans they could do but all they have on you is the name you use to sign up and the email address you provided – so possibly sending you unsolicited newsletters and postcards (even when you opted out of recieving any promotional materials 😂 that sounds evilish of them)

      ~B

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      1. Yea, I remember hearing the cheese thing but I always found it silly. It wasn’t yellow enough!

        I wonder if you’ll get a photo of your name with the moon in the background saying “I’ve been here!”

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