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…

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…

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…

Reko Rings

Supermarkets are marvellous as providing anonymity. The pre-cut stir fry pack bears little resemblance to an actual cabbage (let alone gives any hint of the bees that pollinated the flower), and it is very hard to imagine a lamb chop attached to a little sheep.  If customers got to meet the people who produced their…

Locavore’s Guide to Planet Midlands

Do you know who produced the ingredients in your lunch? Every meal I eat I am able to thank almost everyone personally for the contribution they made to my plate of food. Not forgetting the butterflies, rivers, bees, farm workers, sunshine and shop keepers that all played a role before the ingredients got to my…

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,…

Story of a Small Town

Despite the rain, two hundred people gathered for the premiere screening of Story of a Small Town: Howick last weekend. The wet weather was perfect, as the focus of the film was on water, something which unites everyone. Story of a Small Town: Howick is part of a series of six documentary films to be…