Midlands Takes it Slow

Just like millions of people across the globe, the sudden lockdown in South Africa threw up unprecedented challenges, but interesting opportunities too.  In the diverse KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the responses were also diverse.  Some restaurants and small producers could not manage to wait it out, while others rose to the challenge creatively.  It soon became abundantly…

Justice Hakata

“Let’s go make some music”, Justice Hakata beckons as a dozen teenagers spill out of the minibus.  They don’t need encouragement to follow him to the practice room. “You know the drill. Communicate with one another and build on your performance from last week.” Justice gets the beat going on a Djembe drum and soon…

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbows have been popping up all over during the Covid-19 crisis – bright moments, shared with strangers, as many of us struggle with the current reality.  Across the world, International Yarn Bomb Day is celebrated on 11 June, where public spaces are wrapped in colourful, creative fibre hugs.  Traditionally poles, walls and fences have been…

Slondile Mlhongo

Who remembers life before cell phones?  Slondile Mhlongo does. While employed as a teacher at a farm school in Kamberg, she applied for a post in Greytown.  The only way to contact her was by phoning the farmer, who passed the message to the school principal.  As it was the weekend, the principal could not…

Con Roux

Many South Africans dread the thought of breaking down on the side of the road.  Not Con Roux, Commercial Manager of N3TC since 2002. “Some of my most memorable experiences have been when plans go awry,” he smiles. He remembers the day his tyre punctured on a dirt road beyond Mooi River after he had…

Forest Pink Hibiscus

Hibiscus penduncularis, indola ebomvu This dainty Hibiscus is flowering profusely pink on these glorious autumn days.  Naturally found in coastal forests, it thrives in semi-shade and is fast-growing, making it a must for a frost-free garden. The bright pink flowers, shaped like bells, produce a lot of pollen attracting many butterflies including Charaxes, nymphs, commodores…

Corona for Change

Is it really only a fortnight since the world changed completely? A couple of weeks before that schools closed, sports events were cancelled and poetry evenings abandoned, in an attempt to prevent people gathering and spreading the Corona Virus.  Here, just a few of the many and varied Midlands initiatives to cope with the challenges…

Gift Zwezwe

“Understanding Maths will help you with all other subjects and in life,” Gift Zwezwe tells his Grade 12 learners. “Even if you want to be a professional soccer player, it will be useful. When Ronaldo takes a shot, he needs to understand the angles and work out the best option before he shoots.  That’s geometry.”…

The Sky is the Limit

The top ten Grade 12 students at Shea O’Connor School in Nottingham Road are well set to be part of the 4th Industrial Revolution.  The digital age is all they have known, they are completely comfortable with computer technology and expect classrooms to be equipped with Smart-boards. When internet connection is available, the first thing…

Kim Wiggett

“Your tomatoes are fantastic”, a customer at the local Reko market tells Kim Wiggett.  Kim already knows this because her dogs, Rusty and Freddie, love snacking on her tomatoes. After years of listening to podcasts, to relieve the tedium of her hour-long commute to and from a crazy corporate job, Kim decided to change her…