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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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The Work of Ground Spraying: Incoming Machines in Vatema’s Hands

The Work of Ground Spraying: Incoming Machines in Vatema’s Hands

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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter focuses on ground spraying. It is organized into three sections. The first concerns the strategic deployment of inbound spraying equipment to perform or operationalize specific objectives and outcomes. The second section looks at the work of spraying, focusing on the meeting point between mushonga wezvipukanana (pesticide), mushini (spraying machine), and sprayman, known in the villages as mafrayi (fly man). The final section is a case study of a spraying campaign involving three neighboring countries: Southern Rhodesia, Portuguese East Africa, and the Union of South Africa. The purpose of the campaign was to stop the advance of mhesvi from the Rio Savé region of Mozambique into the Savé-Runde area, potentially threatening northeastern South Africa.

Keywords:   ground spraying, spraying machine, sprayman, mhesvi, tsetse fly, South Africa

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