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…

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…

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…

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…

Alson Zuma

Leopards live in Fort Nottingham. Alson Zuma has never actually seen one. He has spotted the spoor, heard unusual growls and observed the remains of a fresh predator kill.  He knows they are there.  While some might avoid wandering through the forest and exploring the cliffs, Alson is undeterred. Much of the inspiration for his…

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…