National Geographic : 1962 Nov
by a black witch decreed sunshine for this picture "If you're a witch doctor," I said, "make me some sunshine." So she sat in the road and mumbled in cantations over bits of bone and hair. I can report only that a cloudy morning brightened into a sunny afternoon. Orange scent perfumed the air. A triple trunked blue gum stood tall by the roadside as a line of cheerful women, each with a bag of oranges on her head, marched past on their way to Tzaneen. Even Africans, by the way, cannot carry heavy burdens on their heads indefinitely without getting headaches. A range of mountains, trapping moisture from the east winds and transforming it into rain, makes this Letaba District of the Low Veld a green enclave in the thornbush desert. Nowadays more and more people on their way to visit Kruger National Park and its wild animals stop to see the area.