Zandile Sikhakane

A chance encounter in the Impendle Library changed a few lives. That’s the sort of thing that happens in small country towns. Keen reader Zandile Sihakane was delighted when a library opened in the main street of Impendle where she has lived all her life.  Before that, there were just no books around and accessing…

Themba Memela

When Themba Memela first heard about Funda Nenja, he couldn’t believe his luck. “Dogs are my favourite animals in the whole world,” he recalls, “so I decided to take my old dog Xoki and have a look.”  They were hooked from day one, with Themba pleased to find like-minded animal lovers in his neighbourhood and…

Thami Sokhela

Most teachers in their fifties are feeling weary and starting to think about retirement. Not Thami Sokhela. After 27 years at Shea O’Connor School in Nottingham Road (18 years as principal), he chose to move to crowded Bruntville Primary, in the heart of the township. “Many of the farming families were moved to the township,…

Deli Masango

Deli Masango loves to dance. Growing up in the midlands countryside there was always singing and dancing in her home. “We made our own music,” remembers Deli. “My parents loved music, especially cultural music, so I know all the traditional Zulu songs.”   This was certainly a great grounding for her new career with Music Voyage,…

Carrots

The origins of carrots are shrouded in Middle Eastern mystery. Certainly, wild carrots were nothing like our bright orange ones.  When they first entered cultivation in Asia Minor, they were purple, and mentions of orange carrots are only relatively recent – in the 1300’s.  Aren’t you glad that this colourful vegetable crammed with carotene, calcium,…

Ayesha Kazi

You wouldn’t expect a school principal to turn half a dozen loaves of bread into sandwiches before bed each night. However, Ayesha Kazi is not your run of the mill principal. “I couldn’t believe it during a lesson on healthy eating, when I mentioned the importance of a good breakfast and one little girl told…

Stories for Days

“The Midlands Literary Festival has come of age,” remarked Elana Bregin, a writer who has participated in all eight past events. This year, on the first weekend in September, many hundreds of people arrived at Fern Hill Hotel to enjoy an astonishing array of authors speaking about their work.  There literally was something for everyone….

Nosisa Sosibo

Nosisa Sosibo was born with Mathematics in her bones. “It must be genetic because I have loved numbers as long as I can remember,” she asserts.  Enrolling for Grade One at a deep rural uMzimkhulu school with the ability to count and add certainly surprised her teachers!  As is common for children who grow up…

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.  Darryl Earl David founder of BookBedonnerd in Richmond, Karoo and many other Literary Festivals, initiated the Midlands Literary Festival in 2010. “I have always maintained…

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…