Africa’s Cowboy Capitalists (Full Length)

Africa’s Cowboy Capitalists (Full Length)


[MUSIC PLAYING] IAN COX: As Americans, we put
a lot of stake in how we’re all about the frontier, and
have the frontier spirit. All that kind of stuff is in
the history books now. But I think there is a group of
individuals in America, and they still have that innate
sense of going somewhere where it’s a bit rough and
making a go of it. And that’s what I’m doing. Where else better to bust
out than in Africa? It has incredible potential. It’s relatively untouched. Just look at South Sudan. A country the size of Texas has
literally less than 200 kilometers of pavement. Virgin territory. So yeah. Africa is the last wild west. TIM FRECCIA: My name’s
Tim Freccia. I’m an Africa-based documentary photographer and filmmaker. I’ve been working in Africa for
about 25 years, covering conflict and crisis. While the US economy is headed
south, I’ve been on this side, watching as young Americans
come to Africa to seek their fortune. When I first met Ian Cox, he
was a small [INAUDIBLE] hustler operating out
of Rumbek in Sudan. IAN COX: For about three
or four years, I had an electronics shop in the
middle of South Sudan. A place called Rumbek, probably
the shittiest place in the world to do business. TIM FRECCIA: I’ve watched him
develop from selling CD players to the natives
into a major player. IAN COX: So it’ll
be 2,500, right? IAN COX: That’s the
standard rate? IAN COX: Because I think I
even got a quotation– IAN COX: I got a quotation,
not from her, though. IAN COX: Yes. So two different people gave
me that same price. -2,500. IAN COX: Yes. -I can show you this. IAN COX: My friend Tim had a
Land Cruiser in Juba that he needed to sell. And with my mailing list, I
advertised it and sold it. And then from there, one of
the biggest armed security companies in South Sudan
contacted me to provide 11 new Land Cruisers for a project
they were just starting. Which I did, and then it’s
flowed on from there. TIM FRECCIA: Ian had been
contacted by a company that had just landed a big de-mining
contract in South Sudan for the United Nations. After decades of [INAUDIBLE]
in the mostly Arab Muslim north and mostly black Christian
south, in 2005 the Bush administration successfully
brokered an agreement ending the major
conflict and creating separation and autonomy
for the south. This led to a referendum in
2010, and independence for South Sudan in 2011. Despite its new status as a
nation, South Sudan is still considered by some to be part of
Sudan, which has long been on an embargo list for
state-sponsored terrorism. IAN COX: Even though it’s
no longer part of Sudan? TIM FRECCIA: This embargo makes
it nearly impossible to import anything that could be
considered military equipment, even though its subcontracting
to the UN. This is where Ian’s years of
experience navigating the murky political and
social waters of Africa comes into play. IAN COX: OK. All right. So basically, this shouldn’t
be an issue. TIM FRECCIA: He’s been
contracted to move a convoy of military-grade vehicles from
South Africa to South Sudan across seven countries
in 30 days. IAN COX: On the 10th of
December, they said, please get down to Joburg. The trucks are ready to roll,
and we need to get this thing on the road and try to get
it done in three weeks. We should be planning to move
off to Johannesburg, let’s say tomorrow morning. JARED BUSL: I’m working one
day down in the Mara. I get this call from Ian Cox. And he’s like, dude, we’re
getting ready to do this wicked awesome road trip from
South Africa to Sudan. You in, man? Can you drive a big truck? And I said I can do it. I’m your man. [MUSIC – GUITAR RED,
“BOX CAR NO. 9”] JARED BUSL: When you’re in the
right wing, you’re in the right thing. TIM FRECCIA: Jared’s a
good-natured redneck raised in Tanzania by missionaries. Despite his upbringing, he seems
like an old-fashioned southern hick to me. JARED BUSL: Romney should
be president. IAN COX: Really? JARED BUSL: Actually, actually
I take that back. We need to bring back Bush. Me and Tim and Ian jump on a
plane to Joburg and start looking at the equipment we’re
supposed to take to Sudan. [MUSIC – GUITAR RED,
“BOX CAR NO. 9”] TIM FRECCIA: They’d bought
trucks sight unseen from a guy in South Africa. The guy assures TDI that the
trucks are in good shape and ready to roll. JARED BUSL: It was
kind of scary. It wasn’t really what
we’re expecting. The equipment, the trucks were
in pretty shoddy condition. JARED BUSL: Yai yai yai! We’ll be doing some work on that
exhaust pipe right there. You can sure tell this
thing has done its time in the trenches. IAN COX: Yeah. JARED BUSL: I’m going
to have to baby this thing up to Sudan. Good thing I brought
my toolbox. Well, we need to put some tread
on this thing if we’re going to be able to get
up to Sudan with it. There’s just no way around it. IAN COX: Paperwork
wasn’t ready. Trucks were in an
atrocious state. JARED BUSL: Up to Juba, I think
realistically you’re looking at a month, minimum. And that’s with trucks running
good and not spending more than a few days at
each border. IAN COX: Yeah. My gut feeling is these
two trucks are going to cause an issue. TIM FRECCIA: Jared only has
three weeks until he has to leave for another job, so
it’s essential that we get on the road ASAP. CLINT MANCEFIELD: Hello,
hello, hello. JARED BUSL: How are things? CLINT MANCEFIELD: How’re
you doing? JARED BUSL: Good. CLINT MANCEFIELD: Good. IAN COX: Morning, Clint. TIM FRECCIA: We finally meet
Clint, the sleazy used truck salesman who’s supplying
TDI with the vehicles for the convoy. He told them the trucks
were ready, but they clearly aren’t. CLINT MANCEFIELD: As far as I
can get it, they booked it in for Tuesday morning to go. IAN COX: Tuesday? CLINT MANCEFIELD: Yeah. Your man is on it. IAN COX: Fine. But Tuesday, we were
talking about– CLINT MANCEFIELD: They won’t
do it sooner that day. IAN COX: I’ve come down, and I
wouldn’t have brought Jared down a week in advance and
paying his salary as a driver unless I– CLINT MANCEFIELD: I’m done
paying you for time. IAN COX: I’ve been here
since Monday. You know? CLINT MANCEFIELD: Fair enough. Yeah. IAN COX: Clint is telling
me Tuesday afternoon’s the earliest. I’m going to put pressure
on Clint. You put pressure on Clint
to see if it can happen. TIM FRECCIA: With Christmas
rapidly approaching, Clint disappears on us, and we’re left
to manage repairs with his mechanics. IAN COX: We’re going
to fucking be here for Christmas now. It could be worse, but I want
to get this show on the fucking road. IAN COX: You’ll put today? -Yeah. I’m going to. IAN COX: OK. All right. JARED BUSL: This thing
is a pain in the ass to accelerate with. It’s like you have
to stand on the accelerator to go anywhere. It’s so stuck up. [LAUGHING] JARED BUSL: This is
insane, dude. The delays we’re experiencing
are just crazy. It looks like we’re not going
to even be headed out to the border until Tuesday or
Wednesday next week. That puts a big hurting on us
as far as timelines go. TIM FRECCIA: Meanwhile,
Ian has money issues with his client. He’s going out-of-pocket. IAN COX: They haven’t actually
paid me any payment on any of these movements for
this convoy. Which shouldn’t be a problem. They just need to do it today. I’m down here. Sure it’s disappointing. I arrive with a driver, and if
a driver has to wait two, three days, not such an issue. And I’m also doing what I feel
is probably a little bit of extra run around and work and
pressurizing and being your eye on the ground. That’s not really part of what
I’m quote “supposed to be doing.” And it’s not like I’m
going to sit here and say, hey, you, I need a bunch
of extra money. But I think it’d be fair if I
can at least cover my extra living expenses and
at least my– TIM FRECCIA: On New Year’s
Day, the timeline is completely shot. We should have been
in Juba by now. Still no money, and now
we’ve lost Jared. IAN COX: So long story short,
we spent a month in Joburg. My initial driver had to fly
back because of timing. So I brought in another driver
from the States who came highly recommended by Jared. We’d love to have you. The catch is I need you here on
the ground in Johannesburg by Wednesday. RAY SINES: All right. Sounds good. I am very excited and look
forward to making this happen. Yo, this thing smells. I think this thing’ll work. I don’t know. I heard rumors. Jared said it was a biohazard. That’s OK. I drink the water straight out
of the rivers in Appalachia. I haven’t gotten
sick from that. I won’t get sick from
a mattress, I bet. IAN COX: Final paperwork for the
final vehicle didn’t come through until a month after they
said it would be ready. TIM FRECCIA: And we’re
free to hit the road. RAY SINES: Start it up, get on
the road here, and finally move out of Joburg. It’s the day. Today is the day. TIM FRECCIA: Problems arise
before we’re even across. IAN COX: What do you
think I should do? Should I tell them the hard
reality about this trailer? These stands being less than
2 inches off the ground. We’re going to South
Sudan like that. RAY SINES: From what I’ve seen
with the weight of this dozer on this trailer and driving
yesterday, empty, the brakes yesterday were barely good
enough to call acceptable for running empty. With this much weight on
it, this is going to be a sketchy ride. These brakes are not
going to cut it. All right. TIM FRECCIA: We cut the
trailer’s stands down to make sure they don’t drag, and press
on towards South Sudan with a new harsh deadline
of January 31. Ian’s still waiting for his
money, and we have more than 5,000 kilometers of Africa to
cross in less than 30 days. [MUSIC PLAYING] IAN COX: We’re in Lusaka, Zambia
with the last truck and the shittiest truck. Some old South African-built
Nissan that’s been in an accident before. It’s full of fiberglass
and Bondo and shit. And there’s also no wipers and
no horn, which need to get fixed before we get
to Tanzania. Because Tanzania traffic cops
have nice, perky white hats, and they’re fucking on-point
and don’t let anything get past. IAN COX: [INAUDIBLE]. OK. We’re going to get fuel. He’s going to go with
you off to border. Me, I have to go one night
Nairobi, come back, then I come behind. We’re supposed to go
be as a convoy. I’m supposed to be managing
it hands-on throughout the entire thing. I never really got to properly
be with the convoy. TIM FRECCIA: Ian’s other
business calls, and he leaves the convoy, leaving
me to wrangle the drivers and the borders. The driver we all ended up
calling Mongo drew the short straw and had to drive
the crappy tanker. I arrive [INAUDIBLE] in Zambia to the Tanzanian
border. In addition to the usual
breakdowns, [INAUDIBLE] we don’t have enough fuel. I assure him that we do. I meet up with Ray in the scummy
border town of Tunduma. He’s been stuck there
for five days. RAY SINES: Right now
we’re on the Tanzania side of the border. Truck’s impounded. We’ve got a $2,000 fine. 3.3 million Tanzanian
shillings. We’ve got our clearing
agent scrambling. We’ve offered him a hefty sum if
he can get this sorted out today and we can get
back on the road. It’s the length. ALEX: Length. RAY SINES: The length. Not the height but the length. From the front of the truck to
the rear of the trailer. They say it’s only 17 meters,
but it’s 18.7. ALEX: I has to be 17? RAY SINES: It has to be 17. Law says 17. ALEX: 17. RAY SINES: If it’s greater than
17, it needs a special permit from Dar es Salaam. TIM FRECCIA: Still
out-of-pocket, Ian wires money for the fine and the permit,
while Alex assures us that the necessary documents will be
processed, putting us back on the road tomorrow. [MUSIC PLAYING] TIM FRECCIA: Alex returns
with bad news. RAY SINES: So you’re telling me
there’s no one there today, no one there tomorrow,
no one there Sunday. It has to be in South
Sudan January 30. Today is the 25th. That’s five days. We wait Saturday, Sunday, that
leaves me three days to go from here to South Sudan. It’s not possible. RAY SINES: I’m trying
to get this permit. -Yeah. OK, good. RAY SINES: But no one
is helping me. They say the office in Dar
es Salaam is closed. RAY SINES: Today’s
the holiday. They say tomorrow it’s closed. RAY SINES: They say Sunday
it’s closed. RAY SINES: And that’s
why I’m here. I’m asking you, do you know
anybody who can help this? TIM FRECCIA: No luck. We’ll have to wait out the next
few days in Tanzania and hope to make up time
on the road. RAY SINES: My confidence was
very shaky at that point. And being on my own
and realizing, yeah, I am on my own. I’m going to be on my own
this whole journey. It’s time for me to own up
to it and just do it. Alex. This is Ray. Do you have the permit? Do you have the document? When will I have the document? Are you saying 30 minutes? Are you saying one hour? Tell me the truth. OK. Well, I expect a call from
you in 30 minutes. This is ridiculous. This guy doesn’t have a clue
what he’s doing, and he’s jerking us around trying to
get us for more money. He’s got our permit, but
it’s just a scan. Take it over there. The guy looks it over. No issues there. Stamps it, signs it off. But here’s the issue. If it’s only good for
this weighbridge. Each weighbridge you’re supposed
to leave a copy with. We’ve got six more
to go through. I guess Alex has this guy coming
from Dar es Salaam, driving through the night,
that has the original. So let’s go. TIM FRECCIA: What’s
the guy’s name? RAY SINES: What’s
the guy’s name? ALEX: You don’t know. You still don’t know. RAY SINES: Looks like
we’re rolling. Going to get out of
Tunduma here. Just over 3,000 kilometers. Have another 2,500, maybe 3,000
kilometers to go before we reach South Sudan. We started just pushing it. Covering good mileage. RAY SINES: And in doing so,
you’re on narrow roads and you’ve just got to
roll with it. RAY SINES: I was told
no escort required. RAY SINES: Because it’s only
long, it’s not wide or tall. RAY SINES: Thank you. TIM FRECCIA: What would take
maybe five days at most in the US ends up taking weeks in
Africa, where we experience a police checkpoint every
50 kilometers or so. RAY SINES: Juba. RAY SINES: Why not? RAY SINES: Why not? TIM FRECCIA: Alex’s courier
finally catches up with the original permit and the
rest of the documents. RAY SINES: OK. I’ll see you when you get here. Very good. [MUSIC PLAYING] TIM FRECCIA: Along with the
continuous police stops, we witnessed a steady stream
of truck wrecks. Most of them flipped over,
and many clearly fatal. RAY SINES: If you don’t know how
to think outside the box, if you don’t know how to remedy
something, even if it’s with bailing wire, duct tape,
or zip ties, you’re screwed. Africa has rough roads. It’s not the easiest terrain. And you don’t have a mechanic
every couple kilometers that’ll hook you up. You’ve just got to
do it yourself. Front dip on the two drive axles
has gotten really hot. We’ve had a slight leak
the whole way. See that it’s smoking. We’ll have to let it cool
down for an hour or two. Juakali. That’s the only way to
survive in Africa when driving a vehicle. TIM FRECCIA: “Juakali” is
Swahili for shade-tree mechanics, an old-fashioned
American concept. RAY SINES: Stop! TIM FRECCIA: Do whatever it
takes to keep it rolling. RAY SINES: Running down
muddy African roads, we’ve lost our exhaust. So now we’ve put it back on. We should be good to go. We’ve had an oil leak on this
truck ever since we started, and now I’m really hating it. Loose universal joints, oil
leaks, a differential that was on its last leg. You want a truck in Africa,
you’ve got to stand tall. You’ve got to bring
your A game. You’ve got to fight for it. You’ve got to know
how to haggle. You’ve got to know
how to push. You’ve got to know how
to get a fair price. RAY SINES: Man. It was a struggle to
keep it going. [MUSIC PLAYING] TIM FRECCIA: With our second
deadline nearly blown and over 500 kilometers to go, Ian still
hasn’t been paid, so he uses this as leverage
and holds the convoy hostage in Kampala. IAN COX: I had to play hardball
at one point with the client because they owed us a
ton of money for drivers’ wages, accommodation, and
all our expenses. So I just had to tell them,
listen, we’re not going to move any further until we get
that money paid in today. And they were a bit uppity on
that, but they paid by the end of the day. So we kept moving. RAY SINES: You have a chicken. -Yes. RAY SINES: You’ve got bananas. -Yes. RAY SINES: Very good. TIM FRECCIA: Meanwhile, we
discovered the reason our pal Mongo’s been having problems
with fuel is because he’s been selling it from his tank to the
locals along the route for extra cash. Luckily, Ian’s able to get Jared
back for the remainder of the trip. RAY SINES: It’s good
to see you, man. JARED BUSL: Looks like you’ve
been having some chaos. RAY SINES: Oh, yeah. Good chaos. JARED BUSL: I’m glad to join
back up with you guys again. RAY SINES: Jared shows, guy I
was supposed to spend the whole time on the road
with, but hadn’t seen him yet in Africa. TIM FRECCIA: Mongo gets fired. And as the day wears on, we
make repairs to the beater that Jared has inherited. TIM FRECCIA: With roughly
another 600 kilometers to go and a week behind schedule, we
get some much-needed sleep and hit the road at 3:00 AM the next
day, on the last stretch for South Sudan. -Whoa! [HONK] [CRASHING SOUNDS] [INTERPOSING VOICES] JARED BUSL: This Toyota truck
just barrels full-speed into the back of Ray’s trailer. Thing was flying like
a bat out of hell. RAY SINES: Out of the middle
of nowhere, just full speed ahead, slammed into the back. RAY SINES: You’re lucky
to be alive. JARED BUSL: The driver of the
truck that hit Ray was drunk. He was stumbling around with
the smell of alcohol on his breath, liquor bottles falling
out of his truck. So we told the police, hey,
this guy’s drunk. You might want to do
something about it. He’s kind of a hazard. -Yeah, [INAUDIBLE]. RAY SINES: So he’s free to go? The drunken driver of the guy
that hit us is free to go. But you’re going to take
us to the station. -Together we leave. But of course, [INAUDIBLE]. JARED BUSL: This guy should
have received a few consequences for his actions. And they’re like, oh, no, no,
we’re going to release him for now and we’ll investigate
it later. RAY SINES: I’d like to have him
tested for alcohol now, while he’s still drunk. -The machines are in
the office there. RAY SINES: But you understand
the longer you wait to test him, the more sober
he becomes. -We have good machines
nowadays. They’re very [INAUDIBLE]. JARED BUSL: Getting drug off
to the police station, and that was a circus. Wow. We go in there, and
automatically the police start making up their own version
of what happened. Even though they weren’t
even there. We’re not really that worried
about it, because all throughout the police station,
there’s these huge bundles of police statements that they
scribbled out a statement on this piece of paper. And it goes into a stack just
around the police station, like old tombs. And there’s like ancient dust
sitting on top of all of them. RAY SINES: How are you? -Hello. RAY SINES: You’re walking
in the water. -[INAUDIBLE]. RAY SINES: No, no, it’s OK. -Yes. You did good. RAY SINES: No. TIM FRECCIA: [LAUGHS] RAY SINES: No, no, no. I am being lifted by this– It’s OK. I think his ears are cold. No, no. -[INAUDIBLE]. RAY SINES: I told that guy that
victory belongs to the Lord, and he starts picking
me up like I’m his Christ or something. JARED BUSL: Fortunately, there
was a break in the firestorm. We get the license back,
and we don’t hesitate. We are out the door, in the
trucks, and out of there before these guys get a chance
to change their mind or come up with anything else. RAY SINES: I’m technically in
a gray area as far as the court system and what will
actually happen to me and what record there is in Uganda
of that incident. There ain’t no doubt in my mind
from dealing with that accident, now I’m in
heavy traffic. You got guys up here on bodas
falling over sideways because they can’t keep their
shit together. And my truck’s on the verge
of catastrophic failure. It’s been one hell of a day. TIA. [MUSIC – GREG REEVES,
“DIRT ROAD STOMP”] TIM FRECCIA: Just over
[INAUDIBLE], we stop for a bite to eat. While assessing both rigs,
we find a massive leak. RAY SINES: The front
axle, it’s sprung a pretty hefty leak. TIM FRECCIA: We powwow and call
Ian to give him an update and options. JARED BUSL: –these trucks
are hanging on a thread. The next thing they’re going
to need is a tow truck. Last night, we put in 10
liters and went 200 kilometers, and it was like
it got showered in gear oil under there. We can keep always adding,
it just costs money. Let me talk it over with
the guys, and get their opinion on that. RAY SINES: We could always get
a drum of oil and just mount it on top of the trailer with a
hose in there, and just let it slowly feed into the dif as
we’re going down the road. JARED BUSL: You mean
like an IV? RAY SINES: Like an IV! JARED BUSL: I have heard from
sources that bananas are a– RAY SINES: No, no! Bananas? JARED BUSL: Bananas are a good
remedy for jacked-up difs. It works as a grease. RAY SINES: How long have you
been in Africa, Jared? Because I think you’re turning
into an African. Stuffing bananas into
differentials for lubrication. [MUSIC PLAYING] RAY SINES: Yeah. JARED BUSL: OK. RAY SINES: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10,
12, 14, 16, 18, 20. TIM FRECCIA: Do you know where
we can get bananas? RAY SINES: He’s a good guy. All I want is bananas. Can I get all of them? RAY SINES: You’re trying
to cheat me first. That is your mistake. JARED BUSL: So this right
here is a good example. This dif right here
on this guy’s rig. What happens when your dif
starts going out and you don’t put bananas in it. This dif is shot. You can see all the teeth
are busted off. You don’t want to end up
like this guy, out in the middle of nowhere. This guy’s pretty much SOL. RAY SINES: Good idea
Jared brought up. TIM FRECCIA: After a long day of
making deals with swindling banana brokers in the hot
Sudanese sun, we hop on motorbikes and go for a fishing expedition on the Nile. JARED BUSL: For the most part,
countries in Africa, people are pretty friendly. Always eager to make friends
with you and to be hospitable. TIM FRECCIA: I think she thinks
you’re going to be lucky if you get one. JARED BUSL: South Sudan’s
a whole different story. TIM FRECCIA: Hmm? Yeah. -[INAUDIBLE]. TIM FRECCIA: Unhappy? RAY SINES: OK. Tell them if we catch the
fish, we’ll give them. We don’t want to keep it. TIM FRECCIA: We were told by
the commander in Nimule– Arrop. RAY SINES: Arrop. TIM FRECCIA: Yeah. That it’s OK. We can go and– TIM FRECCIA: I know. I know. But he’s the big man. -Arrop. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] JARED BUSL: We are aliles. George Bush was the best friend
of your late leader. -We understand. JARED BUSL: Before you know
it, we’re surrounded by a bunch of these Dinkas that
are like, hey, check out the white boys. Let’s see if we can push them
around a little and see what we can get from them. They threatened to kill
us, tie us down. RAY SINES: There was a couple
of AK-47s present. Guys telling us that if they
wanted to, they could definitely injure us if not kill
us, telling us that we shouldn’t be in their country. -Hey, hey, hey. TIM FRECCIA: With the
situation rapidly deteriorating, I make a call to
a Sudanese military friend and it cools down. They finally agree
to let us leave. RAY SINES: This may be Africa,
but it smacks a lot of the wild west, the era of cowboys. And I kind of feel like a
cowboy, just riding on, doing my own thing. [MUSIC PLAYING] JARED BUSL: All right. RAY SINES: I think this next
part of the journey, it’s time for me to bring out my
spurs, kick this buffalo into high gear. It’s been a long trip. I’ve been dealing with
grease, dirt, sweat. Not hot showers every night. This is Africa, and the
load goes forward. We keep moving. TIM FRECCIA: One last stop for
some juakali banana bush mechanics, and we approach the
final stretch of our journey. After nearly two months on the
road and more than 5,000 kilometers later, we park the
trucks and hand the keys over to the client. RAY SINES: It’s been 55 days
of interesting travel. It’s been hell. I don’t think there’s been any
heaven, but it’s over now. The final highlight, actually
reaching Juba, the final destination. JARED BUSL: Looks like
this is the end of the road for us today. Trucks will be here until they
get cleared into Juba. Who knows how long
that’ll take. And then should be free to
move back to Kenya today. Pretty excited. My next move is set to move up
to Northeastern Kenya, near this refugee camp. There’s a million refugees
scrambling for clean water. The water they do have is
contaminated by animals or sewer or waste. I’ve got a real burden to go up
there and help these people that are suffering. TIM FRECCIA: After witnessing
decades of conflict and crisis in Africa, it’s refreshing to
me to see a new breed of American workers striking out to
find their fortunes in this last wild west. But there’s an abundance of land
and resources here, and despite a lot of corruption
and red tape, a lot of opportunity. IAN COX: It’s rough, and there’s
a lot of bullshit we have to deal with in this kind
of business and in the places we operate. But the rewards can be fun and heartbreaking at the same time. TIM FRECCIA: In comparison to
what little America has to offer young entrepreneurs,
with the right kind of determination, there’s plenty
of adventure and ultimately money for America’s
new [INAUDIBLE]. IAN COX: So yeah. Africa is the last wild west. It’s virgin territory. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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  1. Interesting to hear them faking an accent whenever they're talking to Africans. Just trying to pass as South African whites, or unconscious racism, or?

  2. after decades of what?? 2:47. C'mon Vice! This isnt some YouTube channel ran by some 13 year old kid in his basement (Who wouldn't even let that audio cut slide) Vice has hundreds of employees and how many of those people work on the editing, and u mean to tell me they couldn't fix a simple audio cut 2:47 into the video. I know its something little but when its information about history that helps explain the narrative it messes everything up and more than likely forces you to fill in the gaps with dis information because that's how the brain works. So in the future when you recollect this video your mind will fill in the gaps with false information. lol i know i went all out on a simple audio cut mistake but this is history and learning not a simple prank, skit, vlog or funny video.

  3. Wow! Africa is such a biiig country. I thought it was just a small village in the back of Asia somewhere…!

  4. WHAT IN THE WHITE NONSENSE IS THISSSSSSS, VICE??? Goddamn, y'all really do make your money off the back of black folk, indiscriminate of their provenance. Jesus on a bike.

  5. Wouldnt it have been easier and faster to out that shit on a boat and go up the east coast and then drive the rest of the way?

  6. yeah it's weird how nice and friendly ugandans are, but then you get to sudan and that just disintegrates (with some, at least). that being said…everyone wants a bribe and i'm very surprised they were able to film this consistently without having to bribe to the point of disability.

  7. This makes me wonder what can be done when we walk into a space with respect for the locals, thinking about what we can share instead of what we can take.

  8. They are gonna cross these banged up trucks across 7 Africa borders? Do you know how much paperwork, cost and time that is??? This has got to be a joke!!! I once took a but from Zambia to South Africa. It took 24 hours going through Zimbabwe then SA border! Was another night spent in line. This was a dumb idea. You couldn’t ship those from japan to a much closer country??

  9. 1:18 I was like WTF, then I noticed it was during the reign of the Obama regime, It WAS headed south… Not any more mother fucker! Why did you guys cut the word GENOCIDES out at 2:45? Ummmm just me thinking out loud here. buyt ,message to IAN COX 3:38, next time just fly those fuckers in on some C130's, WHY go through all this fucking trouble?

  10. Why is the UN paying to bring  broken down, useless trucks, instead of bringing decent ones from States side? More importantly, why are the Africans compelled to making these people's lives miserable, when they are trying to help their fellow African people.I don't think I would cope well in Africa, or working for the UN.

  11. Nice documentary, but I take a shit on your first add, 14 seconds wasted of my life. Fuq advertising. And fuq you vice.

  12. Lmfao Jared is such a piece of shit. Fucking scumbug. At 27:00 when the guy's coming at him trying to give him a hug he shoves him away like he's scared he's gonna get fucking shanked or some shit. No wonder he's such an obviously prejudiced motherfucker he was raised in South Africa by missionaries. Lmaooo. Dumb hick fuck.

  13. This documentary sucked ass half of it covered their vehicle issues and then difficulties finding help the only capitalism discussed was sleazy clint's trucking co. And the fucking local banana trade !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. They could have gotten much better trucks in neighboring Kenya instead of hauling that junk 5000 km. just saying

  15. One day Africa will prosper…. So much potential supressed by former slave days and corrupt governments and dictatorships, one day….

  16. Do not use euphemisms like Africa's Cowboy! These war criminals idiots and gun runners that use to supply arms to rebels that fueled the wars around Africa! Scum bags! South Africa is full of Apartheid Era mercenaries that caused havoc in Angola, Congo, Central Africa Republic, North Uganda, and South Sudan. And he keeps saying TIA which is a racist White South African term to say This Is Africa meaning (This is a Shit Hole)

  17. one thing i can really take away from this is that it seems a lot of the locals have good mechanical understanding of these different vehicles

  18. did the first driver leave and come back sober wtf haha guy was definitely jacked up on drugs at first then he comes back acting like normal spongebob

  19. there must be an accident ahead. "Passes said accident," no one is actually working to remove the debris……..

  20. I’ve dealt with these monkeys at the borders. All they need is a “donation” and sometimes you may need to tell them “they are the boss”. Yes a small amount of money and to tell them they are your boss. The most uneducated idiots I’ve ever dealt with anywhere in the world. No wonder why they act the way they do.

  21. So in all the countries crossed, the Tanzanian police are the only incorruptible ones "They never let anything [illegal] get past". Kudos to them. They are glad they did not have to pass in my country Kenya, they'd have forked out a few thousand dollars at the numerous weighbridges.

  22. Sup vice man am truck driver from kenya..ask these dudes to hire me man i know these routes very well been driving on em for 6yrs now..cmon man hook me up

  23. What is an "old fashioned southern hick" and why do we have to insert our obvious bias and personal opinions in what's supposed to be unbiased journalism so I can form my own opinion without the authors influence or sever altercation?

    Also, I'd like to remind everyone that there will always be someone bigger than you.
    There is without a doubt plenty of southern people smarter than you; I know, hard to believe, but it's true.

  24. I feel sorry for the U.N guys who have to drive these trucks , they are completely worthless and a danger to life , dodgy deals with 3rd parties , the tax payer contributes to the U.N in some way or another then the money is just paid back to these guys who have been hired to buy and sell trucks to the U.N but really deliver pieces of trash broken trucks and walk away with a hefty paycheck . Makes me sick corruption and capitalism at its worst. And we wonder why Africa is so fucked still.

  25. So a moped sounds like a Harley? If you need to insert bullshit sound effects for a worthless scene what else do you guys report on that’s also bullshit? For the record my 12 year old son caught the scene. What a joke.

  26. I also have tried this in Central Asia, you want to know the downside? Corrupt governments who will rob you and threaten you and they will NOT be held accountable because you have no rights even if you do. Careful cowboys out there. Even copied my website, text, even whole thing.

  27. Oh my word i'm kinda in shock right now… I'm watching the beginning of this video and I recognize the bridge. That's 'cause I lived in that very same area of South Sudan for 10 years and I've been over that bridge many many times. It's just so cool to see it on this random youtube video. It's just such a novelty for that remote place to be featured on a youtube video like this….

  28. The only good thing is the CAT D6h on the trailer, and the tyres of the rest is piece of shit. Buy some decent Volvo Scania and you can drive the world around.

  29. Damn, they have a good scam going on, why all the limits, I don't even see paved roads really, they got this shakedown down cold

  30. These guys ARE just like cowboys in 'the wild west'. The white government of America was not able to kill & steal land from the Indigenous people of North America fast enough on it's own, so it too hired 'entrepreneurs' like the guys in this vid who did illegal stuff, exploited everyone they could, & made the handover of land & wealth from POC to white people happen faster. The white 'hustlers' in this video are just amateur white exploiters helping the professional white exploiters make the exploitation happen faster. Why romanticize this grimy sleazy corrupt unethical get-rich-quick exploitative bs.

  31. i hate how Americans go to other countries and try to buy theyre was past the countries laws and regulations. its disgracefull.

  32. this is why you DON'T do business road trips!! put NEW trucks on a sea vessel. AVOID these corrupt African idiots.

  33. I still don’t understand why they had to go all the way to SA to get used trucks and cats. These things are available in Kenya. And in great condition too.. But I guess it would not be good for a movie

  34. So you can pretty much use a cell phone or laptop anywhere in Africa but I can’t get a signal in my basement half the time?? Wtf?

  35. One time they are in a big hurry to get to their destination and the next they are going to go swimming and fishing and a dirt bike ride

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