A Wilderness Experience

I have just read “Into the River of Life” – Graham Linscotts’ biography of Ian Player. It reminded me of an experience I had with Ian and his great friend Maqubu Ntombela on a Wilderness Leadership School trail in Umfolozi Game Reserve. As lead guide of the then Transvaal Branch of the Wilderness Leadership School, […]

Hau! [by Howard]

“Hau!” is a Zulu exclamation sort of like the English “Hey!”. It is a very versatile exclamation that can indicate surprise, amazement, approval or disapproval, humour and many other emotions beside – all depending on the tone and context. It is a quintessentially African exclamation heard all over southern Africa. Hau! should cover all of […]

Growing up in the City of Gold

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. Jozi is a colloquial term for Johannesburg and Soweto together. I am a Mining Engineer by profession and I have mined gold 3100m below surface – underground in the bowels of the deepest mines on the planet. Geologically, the Witwatersrand gold deposit, discovered and mined since 1886 is […]

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind just outside Johannesburg would rise to prominence as one of the world’s most compelling attractions – a definite bucket list attraction. Some twenty-one years ago I flew out of Lanseria airport over the Cradle en-route to the Okavango Swamps in the company of one Geoffrey Kent. Geoffrey is the founder of […]