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…

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbows have been popping up all over during the Covid-19 crisis – bright moments, shared with strangers, as many of us struggle with the current reality.  Across the world, International Yarn Bomb Day is celebrated on 11 June, where public spaces are wrapped in colourful, creative fibre hugs.  Traditionally poles, walls and fences have been…

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…

Spectacular Pollution Solutions

Crisp packets litter the landscape of many Midlands villages, tetrapak is often burnt and plastic bottles bob in wetlands.  Gutters are clogged with take-away tubs.  There is one ton of plastic for every person on Earth, much of it packaging materials that have been used just once, but that will last for hundreds of years….

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….

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…

Runway Ready Rubbish

Cardboard boxes, chip packets, feed bags, bottle tops, yoghurt tubs, exuberant colour and laughter spilled from taxis and burst out of squashed cars last weekend. Every year the creativity and committed effort of eco-conscious learners who participate in the Trashion Show astonishes, but the 2018 event held in Howick on Saturday 9 June 2018 was…

Gathering Garbage

A few years ago, Gugu Zuma showed some bored kids in her community how to make wallets out of discarded tetrapak. “They loved this and I thought why not make more things and have a Trashion Show?” she remembers. “I mentioned this to my friend Nikki Brighton and together we made it happen. The first…

Aromatic Alchemy

Fragrance lovers, foodies and flower enthusiasts from across the province gathered at The Hedge Shed last week for a workshop on making perfume. One can be certain to meet interesting people at this venue and leave inspired. “Feel free to nibble the purple beans on the fence, cuddle the ducks or pick some herbs,” invited…