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…

Slow Midlands Meets Enaleni

The Slow Food movement, started 30 years ago in reaction to the introduction of fast food outlets in Italy, is flourishing in the Midlands right now. Three new communities have been formed – SF Community of Mpophomeni Food Conservation, SF Community of Midlands Regenerative Producers and SF Community of KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Supporters. The principles of…

Edible Weed Experience

When you book accommodation with Airbnb, a list of interesting things to do in the area, pops up. In collaboration with Slow Food International, Airbnb are encouraging unusual and unique foodie experiences. The Edible Weed Experience, is exactly that. “People traveling abroad are increasingly seeking authentic and transformative travel experiences. Slow Food can provide them…

Gladiolus

This year’s weather conditions seem to have suited the Gladiolus family particularly well as many species are flowering profusely. In Europe ‘Glads’ (originally South African) have been cultivated for over 250 years, they are popular garden plants and commonly used by florists around the world.  The genus name Gladiolus  comes from the Latin gladius, meaning…

Weenen

If you head out of Mooi River along the Greytown Road past Bruntville, then turn off to Middlerus and trundle along, you eventually get to Weenen. The drive is magnificent. A good dirt road through bushveld and past rural homesteads. This is tough country and I am always astonished at how people survive in this…

Wild Jasmine

Jasminum multipartitum If you want to attract birds to your garden, planting creepers and scrambling shrubs is always a good idea. The sweetly scented flowers of Jasminum multipartitum are host to many insects including the larvae of Cambridge Vagrant Butterfly, the Variable Prince Moth, Oleander Hawk Moth, Death’s Head Hawk Moth, and King Monkey Moth (ideal bird…

Wild Bread Co

Man cannot live on bread alone.  He needs music, poetry, flowers and long walks with the dogs too.  Paul Hildyard spends large parts of each day in his Wild Bread Co bakery, hand building beautiful loaves.  The rest of the time he relishes life in the Midlands – making the most of wonderful places to…

Forest Poison Rope

Strophanthus speciosus For years, when I walked in mist-belt forest almost daily, I was puzzled by the identity of saplings with shiny, elliptic leaves, that were growing on the forest floor. Eventually, I discovered they were Stophanthus specious – a climber, not actually a tree.   Usually the interesting spidery flowers are spotted fallen in the…