Category Archives: South African

Last Week’s Story in Instagram Photos

Last week Che and I were still in KZN and not able to blog daily, so I decided to post a daily photo telling a story about our day. All taken with my iPhone.

On our way out of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, we got some good sightings in a short space of time. One of those sightings was this trio of zebras out for a leisurely walk. I think we startled them a bit as you see in the video below.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Interesting rock formation in the Umdloti tidal pool.

Looking for hippos on a blue boat…

Boating St Lucia looking for hippos

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I love grass umbrellas, they remind me of tropical holidays.”

It had been a while since I’d been to the Durban beachfront. I remember many happy holidays strolling along it with my family, stopping at all the vendors wanting to buy all they had on offer and running towards the ice cream vendor before he cycled away in search of groups of kids tugging at their parents’ sleeves, a clear indication that no trip to the seaside was complete without this treat.

Today’s travel quote…

I Got Accepted…

…to the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship programme for 2017! I’m so excited and can’t wait to start.

Social entrepreneurs identify challenges in society and devise innovative solutions for the greater good whilst turning a profit at the same time.

It is not up to government only to uplift South African society. It is up to every South African to make a difference, and social entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity in our country. With the NDP requirement for creating 5 million jobs by 2020 it is clear that traditional ways of thinking and doing things are no longer enough.

We live in an ever-changing world, characterised by complexity, increased usage of technology, and feedback loops that travel at mach-speed.

Even though these are challenges, they are also levers that clever social entrepreneurs can use to make positive change in South Africa. 

Case-studies cite Nobel Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Bangladesh’s Grameen Bank, the bank for the poor as the most famous social entrepreneur. I have not met him but I have met a few social entrepreneurs who are making a difference in South Africa.

Like Thato Kgatlhanye from Rethaka whom I met in 2014 when she did the opening keynote at a conference and kept everyone enthralled for close to an hour on how she came up with idea of making Repurpose School Bags, and how she executed on her vision. 

She found an innovative solution to a uniquely South African (and African) problem. The bag is made from fabric made out of plastic, and it contains a solar cell which charges as the children walk to school and back home again. At night they take the charged solar cell and insert it into a solar jar, providing light for them to be able to study. 

Even though the South African government has done a good job of electrifying large part of the country since 1994, there are still many communities that do not have the benefit of electricity. Using candles or oil lamps can be a fire-hazard. In addition to providing light, she has found a safe solution for school children to benefit from. The solar cell does not have any USD ports to ensure that it is used for its intended purpose – study.

I will keep you posted on what I get up to.

WordPress Weekly Photo: Morning

It’s a well documented fact that mornings are my least favourite time of the day. This early in the morning I’m optimising for sleep. Yet when I do get up early, I feel good. Getting to the getting up part is another thing…

As a result I don’t have lovely morningy type pics. I can however show you a pic of a bowl of mielie meal, drizzled with maple syrup Che made for me, complete with the letter “R” written in cinnamon.

The South African mielie meal porridge (maize porridge) ©2016 Regina Martins
The South African mielie meal porridge (maize porridge)
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in this WordPress weekly photo challenge, the theme is Morning.


Project H: A Tale Of Two Countries

If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog you will know that the themes of Home, Identity and Family are important to me and often come up in my writing.

When the amazingly talented Jason from HarsH ReaLiTy introduced Project H I jumped at the chance to participate.

“Our “home” or where we live often becomes mundane and average to us. What we quickly forget is that the everyday sights of one person are visual orgies for another. Sharing some photos and thoughts on your town, city, or around your home is the best introduction any blogger can give. Many writers dismiss this information as trivial in nature, but there is nothing trivial about allowing your readers a glimpse into your everyday life.” (Project H – HarsH ReaLiTy)

My guest post was published a couple of days ago, where I share what Home means to me. I’d love for you to read it!

You can find it here – Project H: A Tale Of Two Countries.

Thanking you in anticipation!