• Conservation

    Khetha gives Budding Conservationists a Voice

    In villages on Kruger’s western boundary, a chorus of young voices is poised to echo the hopes and aspirations of future conservation leaders. Among them is Grade 12 learner Dzunani Nyathi who has his sights set on becoming a wildlife vet. Nyathi was inspired by his grandfather, a former ranger at Manyeleti Game Reserve, wedged between the Sabi Sands and Timbavati game parks. These reserves are abundant in wildlife, including the Big Five, cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, giraffes, zebras, and many antelope and bird species.In Xitsonga, Manyeleti means “The Place of Stars”. It is here, at Dayimani High School in the Hlalakahle village near Welverdiend, that Nyati hopes to excel…

  • The Press
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    Press on, Press on

    There was a beautiful moment, a few days after voters changed South Africa, that was offered by Gwede Mantashe the national chairperson of the humbled African National Congress (ANC). Seeing the previously unquestioned support for the ANC evaporate on the score boards of the Independent Electoral Commission, Mantashe attributed the party’s demise to biased media coverage. Specifically, he said the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Newzroom Afrika had agitated public sentiment against the ANC. Mantashe was, of course, absolutely correct. He could blame the media; if not the media he identified, for leading voters away from the ANC, and he could certainly accuse some media people of being biased.…

  • Government of National Unity
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    Government of National Unity: A NEW WAY OF DOING BUSINESS

    Our eagerly anticipated elections in South Africa are now history. There is no doubt it was a watershed election. New things are on the horizon. The Outcome In a nutshell – our future will be different. There is, of course, a fair amount of uncertainty how the future will pan out for the people. Everyone is asking themselves: What is a Government of National Unity? So, what is different? How will it work? This is the question in everyone’s mind. The politicians themselves are in the process of finding out. What there is unity about is: Clean water for every household Affordable transport systems Affordable power supply (electricity) Quality primary,…

  • Articles

    Hope in the Midst of Loss: A Personal Journey Across Borders

    Finding Light in Life’s Darkest Moments In the face of profound tragedy, hope can be both elusive and transformative. Through my personal story, I delve into the dynamic interplay between hope and loss, exploring the emotions they stir and how grief can shape and eventually strengthen the human spirit. The Incident It was a stormy Saturday in spring, just 20 days after my 16th birthday, when our family’s world was shattered by a horrific car accident. The impact claimed the lives of my 42-year-old father and my sister’s 12-year-old best friend. Hope evaporated in an instant, replaced by a suffocating sense of despair that engulfed not just our family but…

  • Hope And Resilience
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    Hope and a place for our children

    Hope … a word we all use so often. “I hope so,” is a common response to questions we cannot answer categorically. The concept of hope is a complex one, and its meaning can vary greatly, depending on an individual’s background and experiences. While some may associate hope with a sense of optimism and the belief in a brighter future, others may view it as a more nuanced and relative concept. This relativity stems from factors such as socioeconomic status, personal beliefs, and values. South Africa: Home to diversity From Ndumu Game Reserve to the Richtersveld, from the Kgalakgadi to Tsitsikama, our beautiful and diverse South Africa is home to…

  • Hope in South Africa
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    Hope in South Africa: Overcoming Challenges with Optimism and Action

    When Hope is a verb, it brings forth Action Over 200 years of colonisation; 46 years of apartheid; 30 years of political misrule. Yes, South Africans have been sorely tested, are gatvol, and many have left for greener pastures. But for those who remain, there’s always the glimmer of hope that better days are coming. And this has been the hallmark of human civilisation; an indomitable belief that the future can be better than the past or the present. Despite frequently oscillating between peak pessimism and hopeful optimism, most South Africans haven’t lost hope, their sense of humour, or zest for life. The daily grind of high unemployment, extreme poverty,…