- We arrive in some towns with few, if any, contacts and no preconceived ideas with the hope that we’ll come across an unexpected project gem. Often this means discovering something in its teething stages, whereas other times people are struggling to figure out how to get started. And then there are also those who have given up before they even get going.
- True to its slogan, “Skills for Life”, The Breede Centrestrives to empower unemployed people in the local area with entrepreneurial skills.
- This is surely the best retirement home a donkey could ever wish for! The Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary on the outskirts of McGregor is currently home to 19 of these gentle creatures, each with a different story.
We didn’t drive very far – in fact, only from one part of the small town of Bonnievale to another – but were surprised to discover yet a whole new team of passionate local people working to improve the future for youth at Bonnie People. Read More
When we walked into the Valleys and Mountains Development Foundation, the first thing that we was the degree of focus of the +/- 20 youth busy with their paper-maché creations. They were all incredibly immersed in their work – a buzz of teens sculpting out of recycled drink containers, cardboard boxes, and anything else they can get their hands on! Read More
The sombre mood of this cold and rainy morning was quickly broken by our visit to the Village of Hope located on the edge of the town of Grabouw. Its dedicated and dynamic team has provided for the rehabilitation of children infected, and affected, by HIV and AIDS since it was founded in 2009. Read More
What better place to start an EXPEDITION than in one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations? We skipped the wine tasting rooms and went straight to The Pebbles Project in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Read More
With over six months having passed since The EXPEDITION Project left on their maiden and foundation year journey of exploration, re-discovery, inspiration and research, we asked them several of the most popular questions as submitted by their followers: Read More
These days you hear of so many conservation centres, wildlife rehabilitation centres, reserves and parks, which surely is a good thing, however, every now and again one such place makes its way into the media about being far less ethical than originally thought. Now there comes the problem of differentiating between the ethically practising operations and the un-ethical ones, or worse yet the primary focused money-making ones.Read More
Said goodbye to Limpopo and hello to Mpumalanga. As soon as we reached our first town, Graskop, we were bombarded left right and centre with pancake shops, cafés and restaurants. Not knowing that Graskop was famous for pancakes, we were quite intrigued and beginning to get slightly hungry at the thought. It turns out that during the mining era, the miners would form queues right around the block to a local lady’s house where she would prepare fresh pancakes for them during shifts. She became so popular that other pancake houses began to open – the most famous of these being Harrie’s –still open today.
The world in a take-away coffee cup
(Written in 2013 before the movement started taking shape)
Have you ever wondered what the ecological and anthropological costs are of our consumer decisions? Can a simple quick consumer decision shape our future? For example, do you know what the hidden financial and health costs are of all those take-away cups that deliver your morning caffeine fix? Put another way, did you realize that the world’s largest coffee chain served 2.3 billion cups of coffee in take-away cups last year, a number that keeps growing annually?