The following was sent to me by Sidney Zimba. Some of you Peace Corps folks
may have had him as a language tutor.
>Hi my friends!
>As you might have heard, a Total Eclipse of the Sun
>(kadamasana, in our language) swept across Southern
>Africa from the Angolan coast to the Mozambican coast
>on 21 June, 2001. Here in Blantyre scientists said we
>experienced about 96% of the total eclipse. But tell
>you what, it was darker than we anticipated. At
>15.15hrs business came to a halt in Blantyre as people
>changed goggles to peer at the sun. There was a lot of
>excitement and even up to now jokes are still going
>around. Here's what another organisation experienced
>due to COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN.
>Memo from Director General to Senior Manager:
>Today at 11 o'clock there will be a total eclipse of
>the sun. This is when the sun disappears behind the
>moon for two minutes. As this is something which
>caanot be seen every day, time will be allowed for
>employees to view the eclipse in the car park. Staff
>should meet in the car park at ten to eleven, when I
>will deliver a short speech introducing the eclipse,
>and giving some background info. Safety goggles will
>be made available at a small cost.
>Memo from Senior Manager to Manager:
>Today at ten to eleven, all staff should meet in the
>car park. This will be followed by a total eclipse of
>the sun, which will disappear for two minutes. For a
>moderate cost, this will be made safe with goggles.
>The Director General will deliver a short speech
>beforehand to give us all some background info. This
>is not something that can be seen everyday.
>Memo from Manager to Section Head:
>The director General will today deliver a short speech
>to make the sun disappear for two minutes in the
>eclipse. This is something that can not be seen every
>day, so staff will meet in the car park at ten or
>eleven. This will be safe, if you pay a moderate cost.
>Memo from Section Head to Foreman:
>Ten or eleven staff are to go to the car park, where
>the Director General will eclipse the sun for two
>minutes. This doesn't happen everyday. It will be safe
>but it will cost you.
>Memo from Foreman to staff:
>Some staff will go to the car park today to see the
>Director General disappear. It is a pity this doesn't
>Sydney K. Zimba
>Assistant Control Engineer
>Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited
>Johnstone Road End
>Off Ginnery Corner
>P.O. Box 2047
>MALAWI - AFRICA
>Tel. +265 671 395
>Cell +265 863 862
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