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…

Potato Season

Amidst all the seasonal silliness, one thing we are serious about is organic potatoes. Root vegetables easily absorb pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides from the soil. Pesticides may be applied to conventionally grown potatoes and absorbed into the flesh.  Of course, you could peel your potatoes to reduce the risk of consuming toxins, but as 50%…

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,…

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….

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…

Snug as a Bug

Winter days in the Midlands are glorious. How fortunate we are to have blue rather than grey skies.  It makes keeping warm so much easier – so make sure to let the sunshine in! Energy use usually increases in the colder months as people try to stay warm, but with constant price increases as fossil…

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…

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…