Snug as a Bug

Winter days in the Midlands are glorious. How fortunate we are to have blue rather than grey skies.  It makes keeping warm so much easier – so make sure to let the sunshine in! Energy use usually increases in the colder months as people try to stay warm, but with constant price increases as fossil…

Liphina Zondi

A little house on the edge of Lidgetton Village is abuzz with happiness. It’s the day the Care Bears will be collected.  A beaming Liphina Zondi, has put out tables and chairs for friends and neighbours who arrive with bulging bags stuffed with colourful bears.  There is much laughter as they admire one another’s work…

Runway Ready Rubbish

Cardboard boxes, chip packets, feed bags, bottle tops, yoghurt tubs, exuberant colour and laughter spilled from taxis and burst out of squashed cars last weekend. Every year the creativity and committed effort of eco-conscious learners who participate in the Trashion Show astonishes, but the 2018 event held in Howick on Saturday 9 June 2018 was…

Bill Speight

Many years back, when driving past Howick, Bill Speight would say to his wife Liz, “That looks like a nice place to live.” 30 years ago, they bought a recently flooded house in Moonwalk Drive and settled in. “The best thing about our property was the wild wetland and veld right next door,” he remembers….

Sbongile Kunene

Sbongile Kunene’s husband, Phumukwakhe, makes a good cup of tea. Something she is very grateful for when she gets home from a busy, noisy day running the iThemba Pre-School in kwaMpumuza.  “In a few years I can get my pension, but if I am fit to work, I will rather work. If you stay home…

Gathering Garbage

A few years ago, Gugu Zuma showed some bored kids in her community how to make wallets out of discarded tetrapak. “They loved this and I thought why not make more things and have a Trashion Show?” she remembers. “I mentioned this to my friend Nikki Brighton and together we made it happen. The first…

Eataleni

Richard Haigh is a farmer. A baker, a cheese maker, a cook, a seed saver, plantsman, food activist, creative spirit and all round lovely human. He probably makes candles too. His small scale agro-ecological farm, Enaleni, just outside Pietermaritzburg is home to heritage Zulu sheep, landrace Kolbroek pigs and Nguni cattle, traditional ugatigati maize and…

Rocket Cafe

It is not possible to fit a rocket burger in your pocket. The handmade bun with charcoal swirls, the black bean patty, truffle mayo coleslaw, wild spinach, beetroot hummus, salsa and cashew sauce, is just too big. The Eclipse Burger is a substantial meal, that satisfies the most committed carnivores.  “When I set out to…

Londani Mtshali 

“I dream about mud,”  Londani Mtshali says with a smile, “Before I go to sleep I use the quiet time to think about challenges and come up with solutions to implement the next day.” Londani leads the team that is building a community centre and creche in kwaMpumuza in Sweetwaters using rammed earth technology. This…

Seed Keepers

A plump pumpkin greeted us at The Hedge Shed. Originally grown by Mama Rati in Van Reenen for many, many seasons. She passed the seeds on to keen gardener Eidin Griffin of The Hedge Shed, who has grown them successfully in the Midlands. An enthusiastic group had come to learn more about taking control of…