Azishenism Culture: Sebogodi Malefetsa - Khutsong, South Africa
Sebogodi Malefetsa has a unique way of expressing himself as an artist. He learnt how to sew after seeing his mother tailoring. Now he has two shops in Khutsong promoting his local brand and has orders from all across South Africa. His company Azishenism Culture deals with hand crafted leather products, like caps, shoes, bag and accessories.
Ndlovukazi Wines: Kholeka Nxumalo - Spruitview, South Africa
A young woman based in Spruitview Johannesburg East has pushed the boundaries and started a wine brand called Ndlovukazi Wines. Working with local wine estates in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Started in July 2020 this brand boasts elegance and resilience. 3 variant blends are available, namely: 2018 Shiraz, 2018 Red Blend Merlot and 2018 White Blend. A brand that strives to inspire and cultivate young women. Because SIZOPOPA ONE DAY!!
KLS Lasers: Katlego Lebele - Hartbeespoort (Paperworld), North West, South Africa
We recently went to Hartbeesport to visit KLS lasers. They are a laser cutting and engraving company which mainly specialise in laser cut home decor and personalised gifting. KLS lasers was established in 2018 by a couple from Rustenburg. Their passion for travel sparked and interest in how crafts were made, and when researching this they came across a laser cutting machine, which they later bought and started making simple items like earrings. They then taught themselves how to make bigger and more complexed designs. They have since employed 2 young adults from Lethabong, Rustenburg. KLS wishes to grow and transfer the skills to their own community, especially to empower the youth and enable them to create things of their own.
Blue Cranes - Swellendam, Western Cape, Cape Town
We were so chuffed to spot our national bird the Blue Crane in Swellendam. This flock was easily spotted from the N1. They are so magnificent we had to share. The Blue Crane is honoured by various African Tribes. The Xhosa people call them "Indwe". If warriors showed bravery in Battle, the tribes chief would present them with Blue Crane feathers which was placed in their hair. They were thereafter known as "ugunda" or trouble, meaning if trouble arose they were the ones to restore the peace. Zulu chiefs often wore the Blue Crane’s feathers in their headdresses, and called the bird “Udoyi”.
Wild Flowers - West Coast National Park, Western Cape, South Africa
If you are looking or a wonderfully picturesque outing in the next couple of weeks and you are situated in and around the Western Cape, why not head north 120km to the West Coast National Park. It only took us 55 minutes to reach the south gate. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the R27 coastal road. It runs from Yserfontein in the South up to Langebaan lagoon. We went in search of the wide variety of seasonal flowers that bloom from August - September, and we were not disappointed. We even spotted some local wildlife.
Route R27 Roosterkoek - West Coast Way Culture Route, Milnerton Cape Town
If you're on the West Coast road try make a stop here, its called R27 Roosterkoek. This quaint little spot sell delicious "roosterkoek" with a list of fillings to try. If you don't know, roosterkoek is the oldest from of bread in South Africa made over coals from an open fire. Why not add a traditional cup of "moerkoffie" a very strong cup of coffee to tantalize your taste buds.
Mandla Mkandla: Owner AmaCC - Hillbrow, Johannesburg
What a unique concept, this is an amazing story about a brand called AmaCC™ directly translated it means "earrings". The brand was founded in 2017 by a young, creative South African entrepreneur, Mandla Mkandla. He makes handcrafted earrings from recyclable materials and safety pins. His aim being to appreciate the feminine gender, as well as positively impacting the environment through upcycled projects. Growing up in SA is a matter of survival and with the countries unemployment rate so high one needs to self-employ in order to self-sustain and in the process help those who are in need. All in all, AmaCC™ engineers aspires to provide leading quality jewellery services at fashionable prices.
Noetzie - Western Cape, South Africa
Just 10 minutes East of Knysna, down a gravel road, lies Noetzie, situated on the glorious Garden Route. This destination can be described as something out of a fairy tale, and there is something magical about the feel of the place. It's a relatively isolated place encircled by houses, and is famous for its fanciful castles, yes, you read right, castles. No mystical battles took place here but the three stunning castles are part of the forest covered hills, they are something to behold.
Mveliso Ntaba Maestro: Local Artist - Ivory Park South Africa
We were astounded by this young artist. We saw his work online and had to tell his story. Based in Ivory Park, he takes recycling to the next level, turning daily waste material into beautiful art. The design and detail of these miniature masterpieces are phenomenal. We hope one day to feature him again when he has his own gallery to showcase his amazing work.
Sonja Zytkow Owner ZA Etc - Rosebank
Sonja is an Owner of ZA Etc a multi-brand accessory store that supports several local jewellery designers and small studio. She fell in love with beads at a young age and turned her side hustle into a beautiful work of art. Instagram @zaetcjewellery Facebook Z-A-Etc Follow us on Facebook for more stories @zamazingza or check out our website www.zamazing.co.za
Edith Farisayi Msimango: Owner Yisarafi Crochet Boutique - Orange Farm
Edith's grandmother taught her how to crotchet at the age of 9. When Edith started growing up and developing she found it hard to find items that fit her. So, she used her grandmother lessons and started to create bralets for herself. Now Edith has opened a crotchet boutique to help other women with custom made bralets. Inspiring women to be bold and own their diversity.
Cheetahs eating - Tswalu Nature Reserve
These Cheetah may be the World's fastest animal, but they do know how to slow down and take in a good meal. Cheetahs are easy to recognise from the other big cats with their spotted coats, characteristic “tear stripes” from the corner of the eyes as well as their lean, long-legged build which is manufactured for speed. Unlike lions or hyenas, cheetahs have poor night vision and prefer to hunt in the day, especially late morning or early evening. They are the only big cat in the feline family that cannot roar. Cheetahs vocalise through a loud purr similar to domestic cats. In addition, they make a unique bird-like sound called a “chirrup” when excited or calling their cubs.
Pangolin - Tswalu Nature Reserve
Pangolins are one of the most adorable, unique and interesting animals in the World. They are nocturnal mammals, and are very secretive. Their name comes from a Malay word "pengguling" which loosely translates to rolling up. They can voluntarily constrict their ears and nostrils to keep insects out while they are feeding. If fully extended their tongues can be up to 40 centimetres long. Their scales are composed of keratin, same protein that makes up our hair and nails. If under threat they roll themselves into a tight ball, their their scales protect them, while using their sharp-tails to defend against predators.
Ocean Life - Buffels Bay
Some shots of the ocean at Buffels Bay. Spotted a White-fronted Plover and some African (Black) Oystercatchers feeding. Did you know? White-fronted Plover nest in small shallow scrapes in the ground and lays cutches of 1-3 eggs. Oystercatchers do not eat oysters! They prefer mussels, limpets, worms, whelks and crustaceans.
Southern Right Whales (Mother & Calf) - Wilderness viewpoint
Whales are very important for the oceans ecosystem, they keep sea life healthy by redistributing nutrients across the ocean. The Southern Right whales are no exemption. The characteristic calluses on the skin function as fingerprints and each whale can be identified by it throughout their lives. They are very slow swimmers and can be quite curious and playful when close to humans. They are one of the largest whale species and can weigh around 40 tons. They can live to be 100 years old.
Giraffe's - Tswalu Nature Reserve
These elegant creatures don't only have long necks, but a long tail and tongue as well. Even though giraffe's necks are super long, they are too short to reach the ground. When they drink water they awkwardly need to spread their legs or kneel to reach the water. Luckily they only have to drink water every few days. Most of their water comes from the plants they eat.
Lugz Indian Cuisine - Bunny Chow
We visited Lugz Indian Cuisine and chatted to Pat the owner about the best Bunny chow this side of Joburg. A bunny chow, often referred to as a bunny, is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry. It ultimately originated from Indian South Africans from Durban.
Black-backed Jackal - Tswalu Nature Reserve
Jackals seldom get the attention they deserve on a Big Five safari. But the more closely you look the more captivating they become. They are highly vocal and are known for their calls in the early evening, answering each other until a beautiful chorus develops. They are very caring family members and mate for life. The indigenous Khoikhoi people spoke of the black-backed jackal travelling in tandem with the lion, which betrays it's superior intellect as a scavenger. On the other hand bushmen regard them as cowards, but if you have ever watched a jackal manoeuvring it's way around a Lion kill you would not think so.
Porcupine - Tswalu Nature Reserve
Porcupines are large rodents with coats of sharp spines, or quills, that protect against predators attacks. They have approximately 30,00 quills, and cannot throw their quills as previous thought. When feeling threatened it tenses up and swats its tail, embedding quills in the predator. Each quill has a topical antibiotic, so a porcupine attack will not necessarily lead to an infection. This is, however, a defence mechanism to prevent accidental self-quilling.
Lebo's Soweto Backpackers - Soweto
If you ever wanted to travel the historical sites of Soweto in a unique way, Lebo's Soweto Backpackers is the way to go. They have a variety of tours including tours by foot, TukTuk or cycling. Their famous bicycle tour is most loved by travellers and you get to experience Soweto without limitations. We recently joined Lebo, check out his ZAmazing story.
Seahorses - Thesen Island Knysna
Knysna seahorses are small and extremely well camouflaged, which makes seeing them very difficult. Dense concentrations are found throughout the Thesen Island marina. So, if you head to the jetty at a low tide, lie on your stomach and peer through the murky water you may spot them. The Knysna seahorse is just one of more than 45 different species found worldwide, what makes it special is its the only known true estuarine seahorse species in the world and is very rare indeed. It is the first seahorse to be classified as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). So protection of this species and the Knysna Estuary is critical.
Bat-eared Foxes - Tswalu Nature Reserve
Some interesting facts about the Bat-eared foxes that we shot at Tswalu: 1. They have extremely pointy teeth. 2. They seldom drink water. 3. Males take on parental role, whilst Females forage for food. 4. They play a vital role in controlling termite populations.