Spectacular Pollution Solutions

Crisp packets litter the landscape of many Midlands villages, tetrapak is often burnt and plastic bottles bob in wetlands.  Gutters are clogged with take-away tubs.  There is one ton of plastic for every person on Earth, much of it packaging materials that have been used just once, but that will last for hundreds of years….

Shereen Duncan

Shereen grew up in the suburbs of Johannesburg, where raw green leaves were never on the menu. “Luckily there were Portuguese Greengrocers in the area, so we ate lots of fruit and fresh veg – but everything was well cooked.”   Nowadays, she cannot imagine life without plenty of green food, “I wouldn’t survive!” she laughs….

Qaphela Dlamini

How do you choose between a career as a professional basketball player and a teacher? You do as Qaphela Dlamini has done – become an excellent teacher and a brilliant sports coach! When Qaphela was four years old, he lost the use of his legs. Undeterred, he crawled around the mealie fields helping his mother…

Bramleigh Farm

What happens when a teacher/graphic designer/ceramicist and a sound engineer/internet technician/solar expert move to an out of the way property to run a guesthouse and farm?  Magic, obviously!  Kait and Andre Kauerauf of Bramleigh Farm brought a variety of skills to their forest-side property (owned by Andre’s family) and created something much bigger than the…

Love Bread

Not many people get to wander along moonlit country roads on their way to work in the morning.  Thembi and Lungi Hadebe set off from their Lidgetton home in the quiet hours after midnight to get to the bakery, so that Midlanders can enjoy fresh, wood-fired loaves with their lunch.  Before there is even a…

Orange Desmodium

Desmodium repandum Forget the Big Five or the Tallest Tree, it’s the little things in the forest that are really fascinating. Desmodium repandum is found all over Africa and is flowering in the Midlands at the moment. Although the flowers are tiny – less than 15mm – it is hard to miss the bright orange-red…

Senzakahle

As often happens in small towns, one major manufacturer employs a lot of people, and when this business relocates or closes, many are left desperate.  The women who lead Senzakahle Co-Op in Mooi River, Zodwa Khoza and Sylvia Ntuli, had been employed at Mooi River Textiles since 1981 and 1974 respectively.  Both women excelled at,…

Midlands Dwarf Chameleon

Chameleons are often more visible as the weather cools and they seek out safe places to spend winter. KwaZulu-Natal is the most chameleon-rich province in South Africa, possessing six of the 17 currently described dwarf chameleons and is home to the Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion thamnobates). The genus Bradypodium means ‘slow foot’ and describes…

Autumn – isikhathi sokuvuna

You will know that Autumn is on the way when you feel a delicious chill around your ankles and the leaves of exotic planes and pin oaks turn scarlet, cinnamon and purple before falling. You can almost feel time passing in the air. It is time to relax and tune into the natural cycles, slow…

Nick Dollman

Not every guy that lurks under a bridge is a troll. Some are angels – like Nick Dollman. Back in the day, Nick was inspired by the TV programme Rescue 911 to volunteer at the Sandton Fire Department. “I had no idea until I saw that show that this sort of thing was an actual…