July 2017

I would like to begin this newsletter by paying tribute to the founder of our Charitable Division, Andrew Ewing, who very sadly passed away on 20 November 2016. Andrew made a huge, positive impact on so many lives, not only in the legal and investment environment, but also in the charitable environment. His passion for making a positive difference was infectious, and his decades of experience in working within the charitable environment gave him such great insight, which he so generously shared with us all. Andrew was the Founder, long-time Director and non-Executive Chairman of Ewing Trust Company Ltd and his dedication to the business will be a motivating factor for those of us that remain for a long time to come. We look forward to honouring his legacy of care, compassion and excellence going forward.

The Charitable Sector has experienced a number of challenges this year, particularly with regard to fundraising and sustainability as well as compliance measures. We are constantly updating our registration documents and templates to ensure that we are at all times in line with the latest requirements from The Master of the High Court, SARS and the Department of Social Development.

Fundraising has become very difficult with a significant drop in monetary donations locally and internationally, and for those organisations without an endowment fund from which to draw regular income, it has been especially difficult to keep afloat. It is my opinion that charitable organisations could benefit greatly from collaboration with other NGOS's, adopting different approaches to fundraising and looking at volunteer programs. Another exciting development that is starting to gain traction within South Africa is the concept of entrepreneurship for social change. There have been some exceptionally powerful stories from around the world regarding these programs (most often from schools running entrepreneur programs for their students) and fits in perfectly with our belief that a "hand up" is better than a "hand out". I look forward to seeing further exciting developments in this regard.

We remain committed to assisting and supporting charitable organisations where possible in an effort to assist in their growth, and are so fortunate to be able to see and be involved with the passionate people who strive to make a positive difference across all of charitable sectors. We are constantly amazed by the vast amount of goodwill shown by communities across our country and abroad in supporting charitable organisations, and with this in mind, we see only a bright and positive future for our country.

Michelle Brown
Charitable Division Manager

Mandela Day at Ewing Trust Company

18 July 2017

2017 saw the first Mandela Day fundraiser held at Ewing Trust Company. The staff all enthusiastically participated by buying a Mandela Day sticker from the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust, and generously donated toiletries to the Hillcrest Aids Centre Respite Unit.

On this day, we are reminded that Mandela Day was created to inspire people from every corner of the world to embrace the values that have embodied Nelson Mandela's life - democracy, equality, reconciliation, diversity, responsibility, respect and freedom - for these are the values of Nelson Mandela and they are his legacy to the world.

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017

Dear friends of Eden Kids, It is that time again where we tell of the happenings at Eden Kids' world. It has been a busy month full of fun for the children as well. We thank you for the continued support and prayers from you, supporters of Eden Kids. It is already our third month at our new site. We are still getting it of the ground, but slowly it's becoming child friendly. The work goes on, it wouldn't without your support and prayers. Thank you and God bless you.

The campaign for this month was about Human Trafficking. We see and hear that women and children are abducted every day. We thought it will be a good thing to campaign about the same topic: "No to Human trafficking". The purpose was to make children aware of this brutality happening in our country and to stay safe at all times of the day. We then went inside the community, putting up posters that warn the community and so parents know the whereabouts of their children.

Our Dutch Donor Event
Our friend and donor, Mr. Henk Guise from the Netherlands was in South Africa to run the Comrades Marathon and visited the Eden kids for the third time this year. All three times he has arrived with something for the children. As always, he had with a big bag full of takkies and soccer boots, soccer balls and a big cheque for the Eden Kids. We did a donor appreciation event for him at our new centre. The children were very happy to see Mr Henk again. Viva! Mr Henk! Viva!!!!!!




Epworth Girls School Partnership
The connection we have with Epworth Girls' School is heaven sent. We thank the girls from the school and especially the supporter of Eden Kids, Trustee and Chaplin of the school, Becky. They came out to help with expanding our outreach garden, painted our toilets, spend time with the créche children, cutting grass, etc. We also value the help of the parents of the children in the school and teachers. In a few days they will be back to make a flower garden for us at the centre. Our centre, is slowly developing. Soon the centre will be sparkling, the girls will also be helping in the big garden to come.

Garden update
It has been a goal to bring back the beautiful garden that Eden Kids had. It was a sad moment to the children when the garden was bulldozed. We are slowly bringing back the garden now at our new site. We have just established an outreach garden in front of the fence. The Motheo construction company are helping us as well as they were the ones who made the children sad with their bulldozer. They have sent out their front loader and cleared the potential space for a new door sized gardens' garden. All we need now is top soil.




We would like to take this opportunity to thank our special friends, Wesley Methodist church ladies, for thinking of the children of Eden Kids' children this winter. The ladies have been knitting jerseys for the children. The children are very happy to have received the gifts. We really value your great support, God bless you!!!

The Catholic Church Partnership
If you've been down to the centre, you might have asked yourself where we do our outside activities. When we started working from the site, we were allowed by the nearby Catholic Church to use their field inside the church yard. The partnership has been going very well. We thank Father Paul of the church for allowing us that outside space.


The "Pastor Dough and the Eden Kids" Book
When Pastor Joel went to New Zealand, the first thing he did was to write a book about the Children at Eden Kids. The book is available at Eden Kids office at St. John's United Church. Soon to be marketed at the local churches and close friends of Eden Kids, St. John's United Church, Metro Methodist church, Wesley Methodist Church, All Saints Church, and others. The book's primary purpose is to be read by the children and read in coffee tables at home. Each copy costs only a R100. Thank you Pastor Dough, the book is great.


Peer Educators
Since the library is still on hold because of a space shortage, the runners of the library, Thabo and Sisanda, have been doing peer to peer advices and life skills with their peers. These two can't wait for the library to be back so they can implement the new plans they have. But they have been doing very well with their peers at the centre with encouragement, leadership and motivation.

Thank you for your support and prayers.
Yours in Christ,
Nhlakanipho Gazu



26 MARCH TO 4 APRIL 2017 By Sandile Masondo

Drei Tage Wach

On 26th March 2017, a group of German and Swiss students visited KwaZulu-Natal to be part of the Zulu Trail experience. This was another successful trail that marks the 6th trail since we started. The students arrived at King Shaka International Airport on Sunday, 26 March at 08h55. The group consisted of 6 students - four girls and two boys. The names of the girls were: Elena Behrendt and her Zulu name is (Nomalanga), Tanja Zimmermann (Nonjabulo), Charlotte Lampe (Nonkululeko), Laura Delimar (Nomusa). The names of the boys were: Luisa Jenglinski his Zulu name is (Musawenkosi), Yoram Eggers (Velaphi). The oldest student was 18 and the youngest was 14 years old.

On their arrival (Sibamukelile) we gave them a warm Zulu welcome. We used a 9-seater Toyota Condo as our transport. We left the airport at 09h15 then drove on the N2 route via Stanger (KwaDukuza) our journey took us 3 hours and 45 minutes. We had our proper briefing at Mr Nkomo's homestead where we explained the objectives and the goals of the trail. We gave them the history of the Zulu Trail (ZT) starting back in 1985 by the founder, Hannes Zoellner.

Sipho and I introduced ourselves by sharing the meanings of our names. When Philisiwe joined us later she also shared her name. All the students gave us their names but they could not give us the meanings. One of the students asked why it is important to have the meaning of the name. Our answer to that question was: "In Zulu culture everything needs to have a meaning and that helps to understands things better. Most Zulu families will have a specific hope and a specific dream for the child they are giving birth to. Some families tell their stories using the names of their children. To us these names serve as a path finder to our families' visions". After this discussion the students expressed the wish that they would like to have the meanings of their names. Then we asked each student to tell us about him/herself and give us their objective and goals in life. When that process was finished, we then gave them their Zulu names that summarized everything they had shared. This is how this group came to have Zulu names. We will like to add this exercise to our programme because the students liked it very much. One of the girls said she wishes that she could keep her Zulu name and use it on her Identity Document!

After the name exercise, we talked about the water shortage in the area and the negative impact that it has brought to the lives of Msinga people. We touched on global warming and the consequences we are facing at this present moment. We made them aware that getting clean water is not easy and we need to conserve it at all times. Sipho showed them by demonstrating how to use a basin to wash oneself. In rural Zululand, people do not have baths or showers.

During February this year there were big storms in Msinga that resulted in a bridge being washed away that we would have used to cross the umuziNyathi river to Ngubevu. The rivers were still quite full and flowing fast and it would not have been safe to attempt to cross them. Lots of houses in the area were swept away as well. Mr Nkomo's two rondavels were also affected by the storms: one fell down and was completely destroyed and the other lost its roof. I was very shocked when I first saw this, because these are the rondovels that we use whenever we are at Msinga. I felt that we needed to do something to give back to Mr Nkomo's family, so I spoke to Hannes about this situation. We agreed that the next group of ZT students would help repair the rondavel.

Not only did the big storms result in providing a building project for the students but the rains affected the whole character of the ZT as well. By March, the trails we usually use were heavily overgrown. When I attempted a reconnoitre, I found the bush was very thick and there were bushes and trees with thorns all over the place. Mr Nkomo and I made several attempts to clear the path but we failed. Consequently, this group did not have the same opportunity to walk along the Zulu trails we usually use or to cross the river. This group had a different experience to other groups that have previously visited Zululand on a ZT. They spent less time walking and more time working to complete the roof.

By the time the ZT group arrived at Mr Nkomo's homestead, he had rebuilt the walls and the roof structure was in place. We explained to the students that in the morning we would be involved in building a new roof for Mr. Nkomo's rondavel.

On the 27th we woke up early at 6h30.We had tea and coffee and then the girls, Philisiwe and I started removing the bark from the small poles that were going to be used to secure the grass and support the roof. Meanwhile Sipho and the boys were joining the poles on top of the roof. Working as a team, we managed to complete the roof structure in one day without any help from the main builder. But it was a very difficult exercise for the majority of the learners because never in their lives before had they held a hammer, not to mention hitting a nail into wood. It was a very challenging experience.

At 12h30, it was very hot (34 degrees) and we took a break and went for a swim in the Tugela River, 900 meters from Mr Nkomo's homestead. After swimming, the weather was cooler we went back to start collecting the grass for thatching.

First stage of building the roof is called ukufulelain Zulu

Carrying grass on one's head, Securing/Spreading the grass on the roof, Stage one of building

KwaThwasa,the local Sangoma, lived where the grass was bought. Many of the local kids helped us to collect the grass. They also helped the students by showing them how to carry the grass using one's head. We continued with the roof, which was finished at 17h30.

Afterwards it was nice to see both visitors and locals involving themselves in craftwork, using the local clay to build interesting objects like flowers, a cell phone!, policeman and many things. After our meal we went to the river to prepare to sleep outside.

Craftwork using the clay to build interesting object

On Day 3, we continued building. We started putting the grass on the roof structure and girls were selecting and dividing the grass that we used for thatching. One of the students, his Zulu name is Velaphi, told me that this experience is like a mirror to him that shows how many things he doesn't know about life. He continued by saying he felt bad that he could not do a simple thing, like making a simple knot.

After our lunch, we went to buy indigenous chickens for our evening meal. Buying these chickens is easy but catching them it not a dinner party. The students spent an hour chasing these chickens but with the help of local kids, the students were eventually successful and were able to come back with two chickens.

Killing these chickens was also a problem because no one wanted to volunteer, I then had to point to the two boys to do the work, and they successfully did it. Later, on the last day during the feedback session with Sheila, both boys mentioned how important the experience had been of killing a chicken that they were going to eat.

At night the local kids were singing traditional songs and the students were pumped up and started singing their songs as well. I had to laugh when it was a battle of the songs, one song after another.

Day 4 was a relaxing day for all of us. Instead of building, we walked to the Mayizekanye high school situated over the river, the visitors had an opportunity to write a physical science paper which was set by the Department of Education. It was the same paper that the local learners were writing for the end of the term and a few of ZT students commented on the high standard. The learners were very happy to have visitors at the school and they asked whether they could play netball together. Because the exams were finished, I asked the Principal of the school to give us an opportunity to play netball with the school the following day and the answer was positive.

Day 5 we drove to Tugela Ferry in the morning to buy netballs for the matches to be played that day. The final score was 8 - 3 to the locals. The visitors were no match for the mighty springbuck of Ngubevu. The long distance they walk to school every day pays off. The fitness of the local girls was amazing. As the coach for the visitors, I decided to add some of the local girls to my team and that is how we managed to get the 3 points!

Making steam bread, Net ball at the school, Cooking ujeqe

After the match we went back home to make preparation for the night. Normally when we sleep outside we have a talk reflecting things that happened to us and stories we need to share; this process is called sidlana indlebe (the food for the ears).

The first student to share her story was Nomalanga and her story was as follows: "I wish people could live harmony with nature and animals. I wish humans can learn from animals. Whoever said humans are cleverer than animals made a false statement. That is why we are in this chaos. Humans started destroying the land, so now they are destroying the oceans. They are looking at everything that they might use for making more money. This causes water pollution. Many countries are involved in this ocean mining. I have never heard of a lion killing two animals at the same time even when they are big in numbers but they only kill one at a time. If they are full, they don't hunt anymore. Humans want to have more and more and, at the end, leave the problem for others to face. People are mad".

Nonjabulo: "Life is not about money. If money is not available in Europe, people will go crazy. Many people in my neighborhood come to my family to complain about small things: 'I don't have an iphone; the washing machine is broken; so life is unfair'. I think people must change their attitudes".

Nomusa: "I wish people in Europe could have a chance to visit places like these where people are friendly and welcoming."

Sleeping, Nomusa is up already, Boys are still sleeping

Day 6 was very special because we had an invitation to attend uMhlonyane and Umemulo ceremonies. Umemulo is a very important ceremony that most Zulu girls do when they enter into womanhood. It is a ceremony that was strictly awarded to a girl who had respected her body until the age of 21 years. The rituals involve slaughtering a goat and the cow. Traditional Zulu dancing is also very much part of this ceremony.

uMhlonyane is a traditional ceremony done by the Zulu people for girls when the girl reaches puberty and has her first cycle (depending on what age they reach it). The head (normally a father) of the family slaughters a goat for this ceremony. A week before the ceremony, the girl is kept in a separate room away from other people, where she will stay and only comes out on the day of the ceremony. During the time she is in that room, the older women visit the girl to give advice and guidance on how to behave as a teenager (itshitshi - Zulu maiden).

Before the day of a ceremony, the girl's friends (same age) come to stay with her until the next day. All the girls apply 'white clay' all over their bodies. In the morning they go to the river to wash their bodies. On their way back to the homestead they sing traditional songs that are relevant for the ceremony. They sing songs like: Khula, khula ngane yakwethu (Grow up, grow up my sister)

After the ceremony we had a taste of traditional Zulu beer (umqombhothi). It is believed that the ancestors will not recognize the ritual that is performed without Umqombhothi; this beer is for the ancestors. It is the way of communicating with the ancestors as they also used to make it when they were alive. It is the way of connecting with them and that is why it is significant to drink it.

Everyone in the village came to celebrate this moment it is every girls dream to have this ceremony.

The following day, day 7, was also exciting. The boys were not happy that we only gave the girls the opportunity to play netball, so we organized the local team for a soccer match. The visitors lost with 5 goals to 0. It is very disappointing that ever since we started the Zulu Trails we have never been able to have a soccer match victory. Maybe we need to consult a local Sangoma, Mr. Ngwamanda, for some muti to win the game!

Day 8 was our final day in Msinga, we left the area at 10h30. At 12h30, we connected with Sheila at the Brookeside Mall in Pietermaritzburg, where she welcomed us with a platter full of nice sandwiches. Naturally the students wanted to visit the mall and so at 15h00 we continued with our journey to Sugar Fields Lodge a few kilometers from Tala private game reserve. We spent day 9 at the Tala reserve, where we saw lots of different animals, including rhino (sadly with their horns removed to prevent them from being poached) and giraffe, wildebeest, blesbok, impala….We also had fun teaching each other songs. Sipho and I taught our visitors the Zulu song Shosholoza and they taught us a German song Drei Tage Wach.

At the end of the Zulu Trail, during the feedback, this is what students had to say:

Highlights of the trail
  • Spending time with the local people
  • The chance to use my hands, building the roof at Nkomo's
  • The cultural ceremony (this was the biggest highlight for every one)
  • Visiting the game park at Tala
  • Sleeping on grass mats (icansi) outside and watching the stars at night, doing night watch
  • Listening to the music. Swimming in the river (I was asked why everyone sings well in Msinga)
  • Killing and preparing the chicken
  • The driver was good
  • Experiencing another culture
  • Warm welcoming at Nkomo's house, playing with people in the area
  • Soccer match and netball match were my big highlights
  • Visiting the school was very nice - the singing at the school is professional stuff
  • To be given the possibility to decide what we are going to do
  • I have never tasted such a good food in my life - Ujeqe (Steam bread) was the best
  • The guides Sandile and Sipho were very good in everything
  • Philisiwe Masondo was a mother to us
  • Catching, killing and eating the chickens
  • Swimming in the river
  • The people from the area who are very friendly and open, especially the children
  • Not having my phone
  • The group activities were very
Personal change
  • I learn that you have to make the best out of every situation and try to be happy
  • I'm going to be open to new ideas and situations
  • Learn to live with less things because it is possible
  • Be more thankful for everything you have
  • You don't need a lot to live a good life
  • Zulu Trail has taught me to respect other human beings and give them a chance to tell their story so I can learn from them
Day 10, we left Sugar Fields lodge at 11:30 and stopped to have a swim at uMdloti beach before accompanying the students to the King Shaka airport. They caught their flight to Cape Town at 17h40.

Mr Nkomo's house was not completed but I would like to give a big thanks to the students because we were able to build and reach this point. Almost finished!!



September 2016

The Charitable Division has grown significantly over the past few years, and we have been very fortunate to be working with dedicated and passionate people who give of their time, and often their personal resources, with the sole purpose of making a positive difference. It is both humbling and inspiring to be associated with and to be able to provide much needed support to these organisations.

The Charitable Sector has experienced a number of challenges, particularly with fundraising, over the past few years due to the volatile financial sector which has resulted in a marked reduction in funding from individuals and companies as well as government. This has led to a number of charities adjusting their fundraising approach and structures, as well as creating strong partnerships with companies and government in an effort to work towards creating a stable inflow of funding. It is essential that charities grow their capital in order to become sustainable, as this will result in a lower dependency on donors. Further to this, a number of new requirements have been put in place with regard to registration for various statuses as well as compliance and statutory regulations however we continue to work closely with the respective government departments in order to ensure compliance at all times.

We have seen some exciting developments with a number of the Charitable Trusts with which we work, and some have had a great deal of exposure in the media which is very encouraging. The exposure of these charities is vital to ensuring continued awareness of their work which will hopefully in turn result in an increased donor base and potential collaboration with other charities in order to maximise their impact in the areas in which they work.

We remain committed to assisting and supporting charitable organisations where possible in an effort to assist in their growth, and are so fortunate to be able to see and be involved with the passionate people who strive to make a positive difference across all of charitable sectors. We are constantly amazed by the vast amount of goodwill shown by communities across our country and abroad in supporting charitable organisations, and with this in mind, we see only a bright and positive future for our country.

Michelle Brown
Charitable Division Manager


Update on the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign

September 1, 2016

Protest outside DMR office, DBN -April 2016 – Photo by Rob Symons

I am sure most keen supporters of the Save our iMfolozi Wilderness Campaign have been wondering what has been happening since April this year, when there was a flurry of activity around the visit of the Regional Mining Development And Environmental Committee (RMDC), to Fuleni. That series of events was covered in the following posts on our website.

GET Fuleni submissions to RMDEC
Communities prevent mining site visit

Since that point in time there has been an eerie silence from Ibutho Coal and the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR).

Much of the campaign’s attention during this time has been devoted to support of the communities of Fuleni and Somkhele.

The current EIA has now lapsed and in addition the Mining License application has also lapsed in January this year.

As far as the Attorney representing the campaign, Kirsten Youens is aware, no further application has been submitted. The DMR has not been forthcoming in this regard despite multiple attempts at communication from our legal team.

GET Fuleni letter to DMR 1SEPT2016v2

There has been no consultation with the communities and other interested and affected parties.

Reproduced below is the email correspondence between Kirsten Youens and Marietjie Eksteen of Jacana Environmentals cc on this matter.


Remembering a great conservationist

On 30th November 2014 the world lost one of our greatest conservationists, wilderness advocates and visionaries, Dr Ian Player. A sign of a great human is our ability to still learn from them, even years after their passing. In remembrance of Dr Player, we have gathered together some of his wisdom and quotes, some from recent times, some from many many years ago, yet they remain timeless and a constant reminder of the interconnectedness between all people and all of nature.

Dr Player On Rhino Conservation

You see, what is happening to the rhino is symptomatic of the environment as a whole and I have a deep sense of a crunch approaching now. The Greeks have a name for the earth, Gaia, which means mother. I think Mama is getting a bit tired of us now and she will make us all listen. I mean, what is it that makes us so destructive? It’s quite terrifying; the amount of sewage that’s going into rivers and dams, the acid water that is rising from old mines in Gauteng and other parts of the country… There are rainforests being cut down to plant crops, and there are species in those rainforests – not only birds, animals and insects but also trees – that could be of enormous benefit to humanity. It’s a very lamentable story and we are the ones writing it.’ And the tragedy of our species is that we don’t pay enough attention to what happened in the past. If we did, we certainly wouldn’t have gone to war. During World War I 40 million people were killed and 60 thousand men were wounded on one day. It still hovers over us like a spectre. Only 20 years later and then there was World War II … history was staring at us in the face and we didn’t pay any attention! History should be our teacher and that’s the same with the environment.’

The white rhino is a really decent wild animal that has suffered greatly at the hands of man. It is such a docile, innocent creature that even in death has been instrumental in securing wild land. We have to stop the killing. As human beings we have a duty to protect the natural world and the white rhino is an iconic symbol. It's one of the oldest species on our earth. The world has to wake up. We're losing our heritage.

Dr Player On The Wilderness Experience

Wilderness is for me salvation. I started the Wilderness Leadership School and we’ve now had 60, 000 to-70, thousand people who have gone into the wilderness and come out deeply moved. You are not human if you aren’t changed by the wilderness. It is because of this fact that I have fought for wilderness areas as opposed to just National Parks. In a wilderness area you can’t go in by motorcar. You go on foot, on a horse or in a canoe. There’s a big difference between a canoe and a motorboat. In a canoe you can hear everything … and our psyche resonates with it. People suddenly realize that these places are different, they are the New Temples – you go back into an archetypal world, a world where we once lived in what is commonly called The Garden of Eden and that world is still within us.

As the world population continues to increase the need for wilderness will grow and already there is inadequate wilderness to cope with the demand. Its importance as a place to escape from the ever increasing demands of our so-called civilisation cannot be over estimated. Every person in their own way is on two journeys in their life – the exterior journey and the interior journey. The wilderness journey can enhance both and give time for contemplation. Many politicians have been taken out into the wilderness by the Wilderness Leadership School and their experience has been a revelation for them. As indeed it has been for men of Northern Ireland, Eire and the British army, who have been out on trail together and found it to be a healing experience. Without wilderness and wildlife, many people could not maintain their sanity

Everyone who comes to the wilderness is changed by it. No one who sleeps on the ground underneath the blaze of southern stars and hears the roar of the lion, the coughing of the leopard, the howl of the hyena, the scream of the elephant and smells the smoke of wild wood burning is ever the same again.

Dr Player on Dreaming

I think about dreams a lot In fact quite recently I had two dreams: one of a young rhino climbing up and lying on the bed next to me, and another that had it’s horn and jaw chopped off – it was ghastly, it kept coming towards me and I tried to chase it away but it refused to go. And I know what the dream was saying – I’m 84 now, I’m very tired of fighting and I’m tired of making enemies. In order to do these things you do make enemies, often people who don’t understand what one is trying to do. Somebody else has got to do it, somebody else has got to fight all this stuff now. But the dream was saying that I can’t give up.’

Dreams have always played an important part in all cultures. In Ancient Greece people who were disturbed and were seeking healing went on pilgrimages to the temples of Asclepius; they were led by a priest and a dog in front. Why the dog? Because it can see things we can’t see. On arrival at the temple the pilgrims would lie down to sleep and the priest would release harmless snakes and in the morning each pilgrim would go and tell the priest of their dream and this would be the beginning of the healing process. The symbol of the modern medical doctor is the caduceus, which is the staff, two snakes entwined – life and death. All cultures recognise the importance of dreams, but the modern world has neglected them.

Just as CG Jung the psychiatrist once said, “We don’t come into the world a clean slate, we come in with a million years of evolution.” And that is why dreams are so important. Not daydreams but dreams of the night. They are a constant guide to us and you will find that even in the most remote parts of the world people dream of African animals, because this continent is where we all came from originally.’


TRE® Introduction @ Woza Moya – Xopo, KwaZulu Natal

Woza Moya is a community-based NGO located in the Ofafa Valley of rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Hazel Bond and Robin Vanderplank, TRE® Providers in Durban, came in contact with the Director of Woza Moya, Mrs Sue Hedden and came to explore the possibility of introducing management, staff and community workers at Woza Moya to TRE®.

Robin and Hazel invited me, Su Thomas, to participate and the workshop – perfectly organized by Woza Moya – took place on June 1st 2016. We spent a wonderful day with 22 members and/or staff and community workers, some of whom traveled a long way to be there. Besides receiving information about TRE® and the nature of traumatic experience, the group participated in two TRE® sessions – with much joy and laughter, surprise and lively participation in feedback.

The impact of trauma on rural communities is acknowledged and well documented, yet the resources and means of helping those affected are scarce. Fortunately and thanks to 16 years of continuous work of the NGO, a network of community based care has changed the life of many people. We hope to add TRE® to the toolbox of those who work within the NGO, both for themselves as well as taking it to the people who need it the most.

The Team will go ahead and train a group of community facilitators for TRE®, beginning in July 2016. Please watch the video below and find more info on how to support this project ! Thank you.

Workshop participants with Hazel Bond, Sue Hedden and Robin Vanderplank

Giving and receiving feedback

Special thanks for our two isiZulu – English translators Robin Vanderplank and Thulisile Mtolo

Celebrating 45 Years of Conservation
20 Sep 2016

2016 has been a year of milestones for Wilderness Foundation Africa. It is the year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Umzi Wethu Academy, the 20th anniversary of Pride of Table Mountain and the year that we celebrate 45 years of Conservation.

Sharing in the celebration of these momentous milestones at a Gala Dinner on Tuesday, 13th September, were 72 partners, funders and friends of Wilderness Foundation Africa. Earlier in the day, VWSA had handed over six Amarok vehicles to be deployed in hotspots around the country as part of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative.

The Gala Dinner was an evening of celebration, with speeches delivered by Pierre Voges, CEO of the Mandela Bay Development Agency; by Mongameli Bobani, Deputy Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, by Ntobeko Ngcala, past student and current employee of WFA and the keynote address by Dr Andrew Muir, CEO of Wilderness Foundation Africa. Guests were served a four course meal which had been expertly prepared and served by Development Chef, Kevin Gouws and the new intake of chef students at the Youth Development Programme of WFA.

A special note of thanks to the 3 main parters of the Gala Dinner, which included the Mandela Bay Development Agency, VWSA and Graham Beck Wine.

Below is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Dr Andrew Muir.

“Our story begins in the early 1960’s when game rangers Ian Player and Magqubu Ntombela founded the Wilderness Leadership School and the idea of walking trails into the wilds of Africa. They soon realized that giving people experiences of nature whilst important was not necessary protecting those few conservation areas from development and de-proclamation and what was needed was an advocacy based organization that could lobby and highlight the importance of conservation, working side by side with the School – and so in early 1970’s the Wilderness Foundation was created.

Our achievements since the year 2 000 are numerous, and there are a few milestones worth noting.

• We have helped to add over a million hectors to the formal conservation landscape;
• We have played a key lead role in helping to create two world heritage sites – the Baviaanskloof (EC) and the Okavango Delta (Botswana);
• Since 2011 we have raised and deployed over R50 Million in Rhino conservation and related awareness projects;
• We have enabled over 60 000 South Africans from previously disadvantaged communities to experience nature and wilderness often for the first time;
• We have graduated over 300 students from our year-long residential and vocational training academy (Umzi Wethu) and helped to place 90% of them in jobs in the eco-tourism and conservation sector.
• We are proud to have found a new home for our Youth Development Programme, in the beautiful historic Tramways building.
• We have always used nature as a positive force for social change by bringing disadvantaged youth, as well as political and community leaders on trails (of various lengths and duration) to experience wildlands and wildlife, rediscover cultural identity, and build self-esteem and leadership skills.

These have resulted in an understanding of the potential for personal growth and experiential education within wilderness. We have seen time and time again how people return from experiences in nature with not only something they need for inner growth, but also with a gift to give their community: the knowledge and respect for life and nature. We are living in a time in our history where our earth is in a state of flux and we are facing environmental challenges unparalleled in our time on this earth.

As we move forward into our next Chapter as the Wilderness Foundation Africa we are pleased to announce that we have created a new entity called Wilderness Foundation Global which is a coming together under a global platform of the various organisations that Dr Player founded in the USA, Africa, and Europe – in addition we are establishing new partners in South America and Asia. Wilderness Foundation Global, which we have registered in Cape Town , is the first global conservation organisation founded in and based out of Africa.

Our country is a place of dramatic contrasts. From my time with the Wilderness Foundation, we have experienced both the worst and the best of South Africa and have come to the conclusion that its worst – the poverty; inequality and tragic social divisions – could in part be healed and transformed by its best – the incredible wealth of natural splendour and human spirit.”

July 2014

The Charitable Division has seen some exciting developments over the last few years, and has been privileged to become associated with a significant number of new Trusts. The organisations we work with are all doing exceptionally good work across all sectors of the charitable field, and the Trustees heading up these organisations continue to inspire us with their passion and dedication. We truly believe that the positive social changes being made on a daily basis will create a brighter future for our country and future generations.

We have also seen some wonderful exposure and growth for a number of our Trusts, and although the charitable climate is under heavy strain from a funding perspective, it has been hugely encouraging to see that these organisations are still able to garner much needed funding in order to carry out their very valuable work. The generosity and kindness seen by members of our communities are overwhelming to say the least, particularly during these very challenging financial times.

We look forward to a productive, successful and sustainable future with the incredible Charitable Trusts we work with, and continue to admire and support all of the amazing people working towards making such positive changes in our communities and country.

Michelle Brown
Charitable Division Manager

Launch of Dr Ian Player's new biography: Into the River of Life

In July 2013, Dr Ian Player launched his new biography, Into the River of Life, written by Graham Linscott. The launch was exceptionally well attended by many of Dr Player's former colleagues and likeminded conservationists, as well as the many people whom have followed his inspirational life's work closely. His book gives an insight of how Dr Player and his team brought the Rhino back from the brink of extinction in the 1950's, and given the current Rhino poaching crisis we are facing, his journey and battle are even more relevant. David Cook, retired Deputy Direction of the then Natal Parks Board, said Dr Player's insight was in conservation terms, equivalent to man landing on the moon. Aside from his legendary work in conservation, much of which was alongside his lifelong friend and mentor Magqubu Ntombela, Dr Player pioneered the Dusi Canoe Marathan in order to create awareness of the threats to our rivers and the wildlife that survived in them. The Dusi Canoe Marathon has grown significantly since then, and one of Dr Player's legacies is the creating of this lasting event for the thousands who have come after him, sharing an understanding of man's link to the environment and experiencing its intensity. Dr Player has shared much of his life in his biography, and this lends a personal and intimate view to the life of this legendary man. It is our honour and privilege to work with Dr Player, and his input and determination to conserve our natural wilderness and wildlife has been the inspiration for many of our conservation based charities.

Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Foundation: Wilderness Trails

Through the generous support of the National Lotteries Board, the MNMF has been able to send 72 people on school and community trails which were facilitated by both the Wilderness Leadership School and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Many of the people who participated in the trails had never been into a game reserve nor had even seen most of our wild animals, despite living near or on the borders of Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Their experiences were life changing as can be seen from their journal entries whilst on night watch. These trails are born out of a commitment to introduce as many people as possible to our wilderness areas in order to foster and encourage 'hlonipho' (respect) and 'ubuntu' (compassion) as well as a strong commitment to conservation in all of the peoples of South Africa. The Foundation is committed to encouraging the youth of today, the future leaders of our beautiful country, to embrace nature and protect our heritage, to support conservation and community-based projects and conserve the Earth and its biodiversity. The Foundation is further dedicated to increasing conservation awareness amongst all people of Southern Africa, to exemplify how one can live harmoniously, practically and spiritually with our land, with each other and within ourselves.

Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Storytelling and Books Celebration Festival

The Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust along with the KwaZulu Natal Museum hosted a Schools Storytelling and Book Celebration Festival on 16 April 2014 at the KwaZulu Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg. The theme of this year's event was "Ancient Voices". Dr Gcina Mhlophe, along with other speakers and artists, including Gogo Mabhengu and Zenzele Mvelase entertained the audience with storytelling, music, dance, drama and poetry. All schools that attended were presented with a donation of a box of books to take back to their school library.

Spirit of Adventure Leadership Trust: Edamini School Leadership Courses

Edamini Combined School (ECS), situated in to the Shongweni Valley, was the first school that SALT has worked with in providing leadership courses. ECS is a government school teaching grades 1 – 9 and has very limited resources. The pupils are from low income households and are from disadvantaged backgrounds, and so any learning outside of the classroom is virtually non-existent given the school's very limited resources. SALT fundraised and, through Spirit of Adventure, was able to offer courses for all students in Grades 4, 7 and 9 at ECS, and ran 'Learn to Be', 'Learn to Synergise' and 'Learn to Lead' courses respectively. The objectives which SALT aims to achieve by running these courses are to address the growing need in South Africa and the world, for well-developed leaders, providing an opportunity to focus on leadership training which will make a lifelong difference in each child's life. The courses were well received, and all pupils who attended thoroughly enjoyed the experience as seen in the photos below.

Mandisa wrote "It was a life time experience… we learned a lot like how to work as a team or group, and how to support each other".


The Vukukhanye Rural Development Trust is in the process of being registered, and among its focus areas is a desire to create social upliftment and social development initially in the rural village of Hlabisa in Zululand. Further to this, the Department of Communications and the Uzavolo Pro-Bono Trust worked together with Vukukhanye in creating a Computer Laboratory at the Shiyinkosi High School in Hlabisa. The Department of Communication very generously donated 19 computers to the school, and a small team, headed by Christie Riddle, built and supplied the desks, chairs and curtains for the new Computer Laboratory. Each computer was also connected and tested before completing the project. Mrs Mhlongo, the Vice-Principal was present during the installation of the computer stations, which took a mere three days to complete, and she along with the other teachers, were blown away by the transformation of their classroom. Special thanks must be extended to Christie, for all of her hard work, particularly in light of the fact that this project was pulled together in only a few days. The school now plans to apply to the Department of Education for a permanent Computer Literacy teacher, who will not only teach the pupils of the school, but also the community members in Hlabisa in an effort to provide basic computer skills to empower them and make them more employable.

18 APRIL 2012

It has been an exciting quarter for the Charitable Division. We have been privileged to see some our smaller trusts gain some wonderful exposure and much needed funding, which is a great achievement, particularly given the tough charitable environment we are facing. With the global economic crisis that we have seen in the last two years, the fundraising environment has been particularly challenging for charitable and non-profit organisations. This being said, we are still constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals and organisations that support our Trusts and it is truly a wonderful reflection of the good will in our society.

A number of new or ‘fledgling’ trusts have found their way to us in the last quarter and our work with these organisations and the passionate people involved in them continues to be inspiring and fulfilling. Our Charitable Division acts as an incubator for these new trusts, and assists with drawing up the Deeds of Trust, which are carefully structured to ensure that these organisations are compliant with both the Directorate of Social Development and SARS. This enables the new Trusts to qualify for NPO and PBO statuses on registration of the Trusts, and we ensure all compliance and statutory requirements are met timeously so as to free up the time of the Trustees to be able to follow the objectives of their respective Trusts and continue the incredible work they do. Our dedicated and efficient bookkeepers work on keeping detailed financial records for the Trusts under our management, and their work includes the drawing up of Annual Financial Statements, which allows for Trusts with two years or more of audited financial statements to apply for much needed Lotto funding.

We are happy to welcome the following Trusts to our fold, and continue to strive to assist these and our other Trusts to grow into sustainable entities and spread the good work done throughout our wonderful country.

- Gcinamasiko Arts and Heritage Trust
- Awesome SA
- Future Farmers Foundation
- Greater Things Trust
- Kathleen Voysey Clinic Trust
- Pro Love Trust
- PPR Educational Trust

Our focus remains on Environmental, Social Upliftment, Religious Entities, Education and Health Care and we have found that the organisations we manage and administer all fit neatly into this focus. We are planning to hold a Charitable Division evening in the next quarter for all of our charitable Trusts, in order to create possible synergies and allow for a free flow of information and knowledge, while creating a good networking platform for the Trustees of these Trusts.

To end, we would like to say a very big thank you to the all the dedicated people we have the privilege of working with, and look forward to another successful and inspiring quarter!

Michelle Brown
Charitable Division


‘I see a Fish!’ Mlungi shouts through his snorkel. His face is pressed into the blue water above Limestone reef, his feet are unaccustomed to the long fins but he kicks enthusiastically, exploring every nook and cranny of the shallow reef in next to the Durban harbour wall. Two days earlier, Mlungi had never been completely submerged in water. He is one of four young men that were selected by the I am Water Trust for a freediving course aimed at introducing South Africans from all walks of life into the Ocean Environment. We started the course at the Kingspark Swimming Pool where the students learned the basics of yogic breath control, abdominal breathing techniques and the theory of freediving history, competitions and physiology. After a light lunch it was time to kit up for the pool session. With two competent life savers, one semi-pro surfer and one absolute water-newbie, the stage was set for an exciting afternoon! Mlungi the newbie was shaking as a leaf as he lowered himself into the warm pool, his breathing erratic and laboured as he learns to master the snorkel and gets his first experience of looking underwater. Ten minutes later he is happily floating in his buoyant wetsuit, practicing arm pulls and getting used to being in water. For Sibusiso, Sihle and surfer Quinton the challenge is different. They are comfortable in water, but to overcome the body’s powerful screaming for oxygen during a static breath hold is a hard task for any waterman and diaphragmatic contractions are experienced and withstood. Sihle laughs proudly when he comes up from a strong breath hold to hear that he has held his breath for over three and a half minutes, a long time for the first time! Pulling down to 5 meters we practice equalisation, comfort underwater and free immersion techniques. At the end of the day, everyone is confident for the 7am launch the next morning.

Day two dawns rainy and grey and we hurry into our wetsuits at the Ski Boat Club, knowing that it being Durban water, we will be warmer in the ocean than on land! A short run past the harbour wall we find fifteen meters of water and some friendly dolphins swim by splashing their welcome to the new freedivers. The buoy is prepared, bottom weight dropped and the rope guides the way into the blue watery depths. One by one the guys take deep breaths and pull themselves down the rope. Five meters, seven meters, ten… twelve meters. Their confidence grows with every dive and far below we can hear the humpback whales singing, cheering them on. Deeper diving mastered, we make a stop at Limestone reef where we snorkel around looking at brightly coloured reef fish, shy eels and hundreds of mussels. Everybody finds something to marvel at, the diversity of the ocean never disappointing. Sibusiso dives to the bottom again and again, coming up smiling, ‘I have seen such beautiful things here, a white eel and a box fish!’ He sticks his head under every rock hanging upside down, exploring the underwater fairyland. Sihle comes up spluttering in excitement from having seen a large Kingfish, wishing he had a speargun with him. Having combed the reef for all her secrets, we head back to shore to do some deeper yoga stretching and Apnea exercises at Ushaka Marine World. We are the guests of the Oceanic Research Institute at Ushaka, spending time meeting more ocean friends on display and using the green lawns as our yoga studio. Here we spend time getting deeper into the lung stretching, learning more about the right muscles for advanced freediving, and how to overcome the urge to breathe. By late afternoon everybody is richly oxygenated, rather tired and excited about when more diving can be done. Certificates of attendance are handed out as well as training packs and contact details for continued coaching. The I am Water Trust is proud of Sibusiso, Mlungi, Quinton and Sihle for their commitment, mental strength, physical ability and willingness to experience something new.


The Jock of the Bushveld Premiere in Durban was held as a fundraising initiative for the Rhino Anti-Poaching unit of the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation and was a very classy affair which attracted young and old to relive the story of Jock, our most famous bush dog. The event was attended by Duncan MacNeillie, the creator of the film, along with many honoured guests and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The event raised a whopping R80,000 for the Rhino Anti-Poaching unit which has gone a long way to supporting and helping this dedicated team of experts in their endless fight to preserve the precious Rhino we still have left, and ensuring their efforts are not in vain. We thank all those involved who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the event, and ultimately the future of our Rhino population.

Pictured below is Iain Ewing, Director of Ewing Trust Company with renowned story teller and personality, Gcina Mhlophe and her family.


When Precious learned she had been selected to go on a five day Wilderness Trail, so was more than a little apprehensive at the thought of being out in the bush for five days. After arriving at the Wilderness Leadership School, and meeting the rest of the participants of the trail along with the guides, the fun began with packing of back packs and a short lecture on what to expect from the trail. And of course, there was the handing over of all Cell-phones, watches, radios and anything that would connect them the outside world. And then they were off... It came as quite a surprise that they would all be carrying all their food for a week, along with all the pots and utensils, and would be collecting water along the way from the rivers that run through the area. Making fire, cooking and collecting water was surely a different way for the group to spend their first night, after having come from warm houses, electricity and running water. By night, each group member took turns to watch the fire and ensure no animals came into the sleeping area, which was very daunting in the black night of the bush, but Precious got through it and understandably after some stage fright, and some gentle advice from the guides got through it despite having a curious hyena being a little too close for comfort! Sleep was peaceful under a blanket of stars and the lulling sounds of the African Bush serenading them all. The following days saw the group walking through the reserve, learning about all the indigenous vegetation, along with their healing properties, as well as the abundant wildlife and learning how best to interact safely with no interference to the animals.

The elephant, rhino, giraffe and all the other animals had a profound effect on the group and watching them undisturbed in their natural environment was an absolute gift. They watched a rhino mark its territory and then take a dip to rid itself of ticks before having a good scratch on one of the nearby trees. During the day, the group would stop at the rivers to cool down and wash, while the guides made sure no errant crocodiles came visiting to see what the commotion was all about. There was also a cultural element which exposed the group to the grinding stones used by the old Zulu tribes to grind their grain. They also walked the same land where King Shaka and his tribe used to walk and hunt, and train the impis that would become the most respected and fearsome warriors in the land. After five days, the intrepid group began their final trek back out of the reserve, and luckily came across a herd of elephant as a final farewell from the area. Precious left the trail happy to be alive, and full of such strength and courage and a new view on life and a respect and admiration for nature. She left feeling connected to life, and God and most of all, found out so much about herself which made her very grateful for this amazing opportunity.

38th aQuelle Midmar Mile

The "Ewing Twinkle Stars" took part in the 2011 Midmar Mile Corporate Challenge event on the 12th February 2011.

The team consisted of four Ewing members:
Blake Biffen
Tammy Hickson
Sally Brown
Liezl Meyer

The Midmar Mile is a great race and is the world’s largest open water swimming event.   There were thousands of swimmers taking part in various shapes and sizes:  adults who have just learned how to swim, some kids under 10 years old swimming with their parents, a pregnant Mom, those who need to conquer a fear of open water swimming, those how want to push boundaries to see if they are capable of swimming 1.6km non-stop, those who want to beat their previous times, those who want to compete against their fellow team members and rivals, those who want to be able to say “I swam the Midmar Mile”, and so it goes on.  It is an awesome achievement for all who take part.

Amongst the celebrities taking part, was the future Princess of Monaco and former South African Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock.

The Ewing Twinkle Stars managed to come 321 out of 1300 teams – this is a superb result considering the fact that not all the team members managed to get in a decent amount of training.

Next year we’ll aim for top 100!

Sally Brown
Ewing Trust Company Charitable Division

with Hanli Prinsloo from I Am Water

Working in the Charitable Division of Ewing Trust Company is an incredible experience. There is never a dull moment! My next experience was Freediving with Sharks!

Thanks to Ewings and Hanli Prinsloo of I Am Water and Blue Wilderness in Rocky Bay, I was introduced to freediving and then on the 2nd March 2010 I was introduced to Freediving with Sharks.

Fear rears its ugly head when someone mentions the word “shark”. Even the hardiest of surfers are weary when it comes to sharks in the ocean, mostly through a lack of understanding. I can tell you now, they are not interested in eating us! And I am living proof, along with everyone else who has experienced Freediving/swimming/scuba diving with these wonderful creatures. I’m still here after freediving with them for an hour off the coast of Rocky Bay.

What an incredible encounter we had, watching the black tips swim amongst us freedivers, being inquisitive and enjoying their own encounter with foreign ‘matter’ in their ocean.

I must admit, with all the excitement going on around me, to focus on my breath hold and to obtain that optimum breath before freediving was a bit tougher this time round. I don’t know the depth I reached or the time I spent under the water on one breath, but when I was down there looking up at the surface I was faced with a spectacular sight, watching these beautiful silhouettes turn and move with such ease above me.

At one stage I had a friendly pilot fish hovering around trying to hitch a ride. It eventually realised that it would be impossible to latch on to my wetsuit and swam off to an unsuspecting Shark.

Sharks are portrayed as fearful predators of the oceans…yes, they are predators BUT they are certainly not eager to eat us. Contrary to popular belief, Sharks are not man eaters!

I often swim in the sea and I am a ‘wanna-be’ surfer, and the thought of a Shark swimming below me does cross my mind and not always in an ‘easy-going’ way. I now view Sharks in a totally different light. It is quite upsetting listening to the shocking statistics on the brutality of Sharks by people who do not understand them. The ocean is their home.

Asked if I will do it again…Yes, I will definitely do this again!

Sally Brown
Ewing Trust Company Charitable Division

with Hanli Prinsloo from I Am Water

Iain Ewing and I attended the freediving course presented and instructed by Hanli Prinsloo. Hanli is a dedicated, motivated, free spirit who dreams of introducing freediving and marine conservation to the world by offering freediving courses (theory, practical and spiritual), mentoring and motivational speaking.

Iain has experienced freediving to a certain extent because he is an avid spearo (spearfisherman) but this course was a learning experience for both Iain and myself. I have never tried freediving and had no idea what to expect or how my body would react to something that foreign to me.

After Hanli explained the theory and basic science behind holding your breath and the depths of diving, she instructed us in yoga exercises followed by deep breathing and breath hold exercises. Once Hanli was happy with the breathing exercise we got to put it in to practice, firstly in the safety of the pool then, after lunch, into the deep blue Indian Ocean.

Well, I must admit, we did not have the perfect calm quiet ocean day for the practical session held after lunch. It was fair to say that the conditions were pretty dire BUT not unsafe. Hanli and her Blue Wilderness crew took us out to sea, dropped a buoy and weighted rope over the side and in we jumped in to test our theory and pool practical, all the while thinking about the yoga relaxation and breathing exercises.

It is incredible how strong your mind is and how your body reacts to what you interpret as 'unnatural' because you have never tried it before. Testing personal boundaries and fears is always challenging. Holding my breath for 2min40sec and freediving to 15m in the ocean has opened a whole new world for me!

Iain managed to hold his breath for 5min! Freediving to 15m was pretty standard for him but the challenge was the technique behind it.

In future the Ewing Trust Charitable Division will be looking to help fund PDI's and introduce them to and experience Apnea and freediving under the guidance of Hanli and her crew.

Hanli does not know it yet but she will also be helping in the mentorship of individuals to ensure the continued custodianship and conservation of our precious oceans.

Sally Brown
Ewing Trust Company Charitable Division



I recently had the opportunity to venture on a 5 day Wilderness Trail with the Wilderness Leadership School in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. I had heard a lot about this trail and how incredibly enlightening it is. The bush is a place of magic for me so I knew this would be a wonderful trip. But I didn’t want to build it up too much in my mind and took what everyone said with a pinch of salt – I wanted to see for myself what I would feel while out in the bush for 5 days, sleeping under the open sky staring at the stars and planets, and listening to and watching the wilderness as we walked through it.

Well, the experience was mind altering. It is an experience that should be explored by everyone at least once in their life time.

We were a small group of 8 including our Guides, Wayne and Siphiwe. Two people on the trail worked with each other but the rest of us knew nothing about each other. There was no bravado, no anger, no egos, and no artificial noise – besides the clanging of a pot or plate at dinner time. We were just 8 people walking in the wilderness, savouring the sounds of the wild, respecting our surroundings, talking about life, watching the sky, and best of all immersing ourselves in a personal spiritual journey.

On our last day of walking out of the wilderness, knowing that we were heading towards the vehicle that was to drive us back to this materialistic world, I found that I was overwhelmed by the thought of it. I was sad and I felt my tears roll down my cheeks.

I thought I appreciated all that I have had the privilege of encountering in my life so far but this opened my eyes even more. It was a humbling experience.

Every person in our group, including the guides who spend most of their life in the bush, took away with them something very special, something emotional and spiritual. Mine is for me to know and to keep at the forefront of my mind lest I forget what reality is and I fall back into bad habits and I forget to say thank you for our environment and the people who dedicate their lives looking after it! Humanity would be lost without it.

Not everyone can live and work in nature where one is free to keep ones mind focussed on what is real but we can always take our minds and our bodies back there to keep our memories of the experience fresh and to keep us grounded.

Sally Brown
Ewing Trust Company Charitable Division


The AMASHOVA SHOVA is a 106km bicycle race that begins at the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg and ends at the new Moses Madhiba Stadium in Durban.   The race takes place on the 17th October 2010.  For more information please see

Below is a list of registered cyclists taking part in the AMASHOVA SHOVA and who have chosen to fundraise for the Twinkle Star Foundation.  As the donor, you choose a cyclist or many cyclists and an amount you would like to donate, either a set amount or an amount per kilometre that the cyclist(s) completes on the day of the Amashova Shova.

Fear not, the cyclists listed below will no doubt complete this entire race – mostly for fear of abuse from their fellow riders if they don’t!


Please fill in the sheet attached and give the amount you are donating to the Twinkle Star Foundation cyclist or you can pay via EFT.

The Twinkle Star Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO), and as a person or Company/Corporate you benefit from donor tax deductions when you donate to this Foundation or any other NPO.

Upon request, we will issue you or your Company/Corporate with a “THANK YOU note” which specifies the amount donated, including the Foundations NPO number. 

Please put a star next to your name and add in the Company name and postal address if a “THANK YOU note” is required.  Also, if you would like a copy of the Twinkle Star Foundation NPO Certificate please specify. 


G          SALLY BROWN


The Trustees, namely Carol Schroeder, Rajeev Pattundeen and Sally Brown, would like to say a big THANK YOU for your donation(s), and for all the time and effort you put into helping this valuable Trust.


Gathering of the ‘madalas’

A Project Initiated by the Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Foundation - A Charitable Trust Managed by Ewing Trust Company Ltd

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife CEO Dr Bandile Mkhize, Dr Ian Player and Sihle Nxumalo relax before the meeting

STORY telling is an integral part of Zulu cultural history, as it is passed from one generation to the next.Moral Zulu lessons are added to these stories and they become the folklore of the nation. In a rapidly changing world, it has become critical to record these stories of old in writing before they are lost for eternity.

This was the purpose of a Magqubu Ntombela Memorial Foundation (MNMF) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife gathering with some of the retired field rangers and the legendary icon of conservation, Dr Ian Player. The meeting was the second such gathering, following a previous meeting in November which concentrated on place names. It was felt important to identify and name key places in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP) so that when the stories are told, the rangers could all relate to the same place. A 3-D map recording the locations in the HiP was unveiled and the retired rangers were delighted with the results. Dr Player said that most early conservation records were recorded from the game rangers’ point of view.

Stories from the previous gathering included field rangers travelling three days on foot to eShowe to charge an arrested poacher. This was no mean feat, yet it was all in a day’s work. Newly appointed CEO of EKZNW, Dr Bandile Mhize, committed EKZNW’s support to the project and appealed to the retired rangers to share their experiences.

The MNMF envisages publishing all the stories in a book which will be printed in isiZulu and English. It is hoped that funding for a DVD will also be sourced. At present, an author who has agreed to write the book and a translator from the University of Zululand have been identified. Recording of the history took place over three days at the HiP’s Centenary Centre.

The MNMF has Dr MG Buthelezi as Patron and Dr Ian Player, Nick Steele and Andrew Ewing are founder tr ustees.


On Thursday, 5 June 2008, Ewing Trust Company Ltd was proud to officially open the Dr Ian Player & Magqubu Ntombela library.

Representatives of the conservation community were there to share in this event. The Eastern Cape was represented by businessman Adrian Gardner, and Andrew Muir, Director of the Wilderness Foundation and recently appointed Chairman of the Eastern Cape Nature Conservation Board. Adrian Gardner established the first private wilderness area in South Africa on Shamwari Game Reserve, one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. Shamwari means “friend” and Adrian has been a true friend to conservation.

The Western Cape was represented by Dr Ian McCallum, wilderness guide, Jungian analyst, writer, poet, transformational speaker, and Springbok rugby full-back from the 60s.

From rural KZN came Magqubu’s grandson, Jabulani, and great grandson, Ndungane Ntombela. Magqubu was close friend and mentor to Dr Ian Player for many years until his death in 1993 at the grand age of 90 plus years. They worked together in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park and later Magqubu became a famous trail guide with the Wilderness Leadership School, leading people from all walks of life through the Imfolozi wilderness area.

Artist Michael Carnegie has paid tribute to the remarkable achievements of these two men. His painting of Dr Player seated on a rock overlooking the wilderness area with the Imfolozi river in the background now graces the wall at the entrance to the new Dr Ian Player & Magqubu Ntombela library. The companion painting of Magqubu Ntombela is well underway.


Awesome SA

Together SA

Alan Paton Will Trust

Blue Angels

Emotional Intelligence Charitable Trust

Global Environmental Trust


Dr Ian Player

Ladybird Foundation

Ian Player Magqubu Ntombela Foundation

South African Underwater Fishing Federation (SAUFF)

Spirit of Adventure Leadership Trust

St. James School for Girls and Boys

The Valley Trust

The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Leadership School

Wildlands Conservation Trust

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