It all began with a cup of tea. “Never underestimate the power of Earl Grey” chuckles Nikki Brighton as she recalls her first meeting with Con Roux, commercial manager of N3TC. Unsure quite how to entertain corporate city types, she set the tea tray with a colourful mish-mash of tea cups, put the kettle on…

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Nobody will believe you unless you believe in yourself. Where on Earth is Mooi River? When Sbongakonke Khumalo applied for a bursary to attend Treverton School, she didn’t have a clue. From her home in Empangeni, it took her family many hours to get there on their first trip, getting lost four times along the…

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Ngifisa sengathi zonke izingane zingahlala zijabulile, zivikelekile futhi zithola ukudla ngasosonke isikhathi. Ntombi wags her tail in welcome from the grassy patch where she is snoozing in the sun. She won’t come when we call her though, keeping her distance. “I’ve just washed her blankets and she knows that when that happens, she is next!”…

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We need to be the change we want to see. Plant seeds and watch them grow. “Praveen Sunderlall embodies the best of the human spirit” says Donna Govender, “he is kind, gentle, generous and sticks to his principles.” Donna believes firmly that so much good has come about because of this man’s vision and values…

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If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything. Vasanth Sonalal is a very busy man. His phone just keeps on ringing, entertaining all within earshot with Baa Baa Black Sheep – his favourite nursery rhyme from childhood! He gives instructions on “the boiling point of bitumen”, advises someone to “order extra joints before…

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I love every day of my life. Life is precious. Being a game ranger means you get used to constant scratches and bites and so when Philip Hull felt a ‘prick on his arm’ while opening a gate in Tuli block Botswana, he didn’t think anything of it . . . Then he spotted a…

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There is no recipe in Van Reenen. Elsa Human, the delightful dynamo behind Van Reenen Tourism, wanders through the shop at the Info Centre filled with biltong, old chairs, pickled asparagus and copper kettles. Outside, an indigenous medicinal plant garden grows and huge trucks roar by while a bright blue peacock shrieks from the gatepost.…

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Life doesn’t every day go straight. Refilwe is the Sotho word for gift. “We don’t know who gave us these tunnels, maybe they were a gift from God?” says Mantombi Mbele, smiling. Apparently, the tunnels were built and then abandoned, until the municipality asked if anyone could make use of them in 2009. Puseletso Maphesa,…

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Uma ungenayo into ebalulekile ongayisho, vele uthule. When Ntokozo Kheswa was growing up in Wembezi outside Estcourt, the N3 was a big barrier between the township and town. Crossing it was an adventure reserved for special occasions and although young Ntokozo was warned by his elders that the freeway was a dangerous place, he remembers…

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Om ‘n blywende verskil te maak, is om iemand elke dag ‘n bietjie beter as gister te laat voel. While Jana Oosthuizen’s job at the Topsy foundation has meant she has often been able to make a big difference in the lives of those in their care, she lavishes just as much love and attention…

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