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…

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,…

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…

Sandile Sikhosana

Sandile Sikhosana eats, sleeps and breaths mathematics. Actually, he dreams maths too.  “Often interesting questions for exam papers come to me in my dreams and then all I have to do in the morning is write them down,” he recounts.   Sandile is absolutely determined to improve the quality of maths teaching in South Africa and…

Essenwood Micro-Dairy

Megan Wood has wanted to milk cows and be a farmer since she was a little girl. Living in the suburbs, with her husband and young family, she simply couldn’t wait any longer and rescued a cow with a wonky leg and three teats that was certain to be culled. Katherine came to live in…