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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sbongile Kunene’s husband, Phumukwakhe, makes a good cup of tea. Something she is very grateful for when she gets home from a busy, noisy day running the iThemba Pre-School in kwaMpumuza.  “In a few years I can get my pension, but if I am fit to work, I will rather work. If you stay home…

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“I dream about mud,”  Londani Mtshali says with a smile, “Before I go to sleep I use the quiet time to think about challenges and come up with solutions to implement the next day.” Londani leads the team that is building a community centre and creche in kwaMpumuza in Sweetwaters using rammed earth technology. This…

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Bradley Gibbons clearly remembers his decision to spend his life working in Nature. He was four years old.  “Every Wednesday we visited my Aunt and Uncle’s small holding in Midrand – in those days it was still wild. My passion started there and then I spent every free moment exploring the natural places around Roodepoort,…

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Special Eco-Star After finishing school, Nkanyiso volunteered at WESSA in Howick and began his journey to becoming a well-liked and much respected figure in local conservation – most recently being appointed as Education Manager at the KZN Crane Foundation (KZNCF) until his death in mid-March 2018. Not everyone understands the value of volunteering, but Nkanyiso…

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