Midlands Literary Festival

On the first weekend of September this year, literary locals are in for a treat. The 9th annual Midlands Literary Festival will be held at Fern Hill Hotel this year.  The festival was started by Darryl Earl David who  has initiated many other Book festivals across South Africa. “Over time we have gained a reputation…

Rosemary Zuma

When Rosemary was a little girl walking across the fields with her family on Sunday to attend church, she never dreamed that one day she might work at this very spot. Pevensey Place has, for the past 44 years, been a residence for cerebral palsied adults.  Before that it was part of the Reichenau Mission…

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…

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…

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…

Bradley Gibbons

Bradley Gibbons clearly remembers his decision to spend his life working in Nature. He was four years old.  “Every Wednesday we visited my Aunt and Uncle’s small holding in Midrand – in those days it was still wild. My passion started there and then I spent every free moment exploring the natural places around Roodepoort,…

The Beans

Guess what Bailey Bean’s parents are crazy about?  Beans of course! Deon and Chisomo Bean grown 30 varieties of beans around their home in Merrivale. There are Rattle Snake beans and Ugandan Bantu beans, dark green Jade beans, old fashioned Witsa beans and Red Noodle beans that taste a lot like mushrooms. Deon grew up…

Nkanyiso Ndlela

Special Eco-Star After finishing school, Nkanyiso volunteered at WESSA in Howick and began his journey to becoming a well-liked and much respected figure in local conservation – most recently being appointed as Education Manager at the KZN Crane Foundation (KZNCF) until his death in mid-March 2018. Not everyone understands the value of volunteering, but Nkanyiso…