Donald Trump gets his wall at last - but it's in Zimbabwe

President Donald Trump attends a press conference on the census in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump attends a press conference on the census in the Rose Garden of the White House on July 11, 2019 in Washington. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Frustrated by Democrats from fulfilling a campaign pledge to build a wall along the southern US border, President Donald Trump is getting his way regardless. The only downside for the president is that this wall is in southern Africa.

The US is putting up $475 000 to help restore the stone walls at Great Zimbabwe, a fortress that dates back to the 11th century and which gave the country its name. Much of the funding will go toward keeping out an unwanted intruder from the West Indies known as the lantana camara weed that’s threatening the structure. The walls are some 11 meters (36 feet) in height.

The project will involve restoration of the stone walls, monitoring of their movement and combating the invasive weed, said Lovemore Nyandima, a regional director for the Great Zimbabwe Museum. A system to detect any shifts in the walls will be put in place in August or September and an expert in the control of lantana camara will make an assessment, he said.

“All this is funded under the fund from the US ambassador,” he said. The project falls under the US Ambassadors’s Fund for Cultural Preservation. The US embassy in Harare had no immediate comment beyond a release announcing the grant.

Great Zimbabwe was the capital of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe, which ruled over ancestors of the modern day Shona ethnic group, and is the biggest of about 100 stone ruins known as MadZimbabwe that are found in the country as part of wide trading area. Zimbabwe means house of stone.

ZAR/USD
17.00
(-0.09)
ZAR/GBP
21.24
(-0.12)
ZAR/EUR
19.14
(-0.13)
ZAR/AUD
11.81
(-0.13)
ZAR/JPY
0.16
(-0.20)
Gold
1774.74
(+0.03)
Silver
18.05
(+0.01)
Platinum
808.00
(+0.25)
Brent Crude
42.78
(-0.79)
Palladium
1914.01
(+0.62)
All Share
54521.90
(-0.17)
Top 40
50179.89
(-0.26)
Financial 15
10150.02
(-0.64)
Industrial 25
76554.73
(+0.52)
Resource 10
50138.02
(-1.24)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo
Company Snapshot
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'm not really directly affected
18% - 1590 votes
I am taking a hit, but should be able to recover in the next year
23% - 2078 votes
My finances have been devastated
34% - 3111 votes
It's still too early to know what the full effect will be
25% - 2250 votes
Vote