How do you choose between a career as a professional basketball player and a teacher? You do as Qaphela Dlamini has done – become an excellent teacher and a brilliant sports coach! When Qaphela was four years old, he lost the use of his legs. Undeterred, he crawled around the mealie fields helping his mother…

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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,…

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Sandile Sikhosana eats, sleeps and breaths mathematics. Actually, he dreams maths too.  “Often interesting questions for exam papers come to me in my dreams and then all I have to do in the morning is write them down,” he recounts.   Sandile is absolutely determined to improve the quality of maths teaching in South Africa and…

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Cycling 15kms to school each morning along country roads in Underberg gave Terrence Khawula plenty of time to think.  His parents were farm workers and he needed to supplement their income as soon as he was able. Along with other boys on the farm, he became a caddie at the Underberg Country Club on weekends.…

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Clearly, Elsie Madlala is an accomplished seamstress and astute businesswoman.  Neat uniforms, flamboyant African dresses and promotional t-shirts are stacked high in the storeroom of Babanentse headquarters in Bruntville, Mooi River.  At the top of the hill at the Siqalo creche that her sister, Aletta Mpangase runs, learners are dressed in blue uniforms that Aletta…

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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…

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