Editor’s Letter – May

Dear Readers,

It’s that magnificent time of the year when the days are crisp and sunny, the Midlands landscape is resplendent in its winter dress and nights are long and comforting. The Midlands does not sleep though and continues to buzz with energy, in all sorts of ways.

The Comrades Marathon will satisfy both hard-core runners, and couch-side enthusiasts.

Mtb is in full swing and every weekend sees a race in our area. Just google kzn mtb!

You will see from our stories this month that it’s been a goody again … sharing a cappuccino with a champion yachtsman turned protea farmer, kicking off our monthly feature on Future Farmers, sharing the announcement that the UCI Paracycle …. will happen at Cascades, wondering what it is about Benoni girls (see our Motor Mouth’s Maserati feature on page 12), looking forward to heaps of happenings in the next month (see the centrespread) and dreaming of a bed night or two at Three Trees Lodge at Spionekop
Have we mentioned it before? We LOVE our job!

On another note… last month we ran a story on Alice, Kumbu and the two gorgeous little girls in Malawi who considered relocating to SA. To keep you in the loop – the courageous Alice replied to my mail.

Alic and Ezmeekie enjoying the CAPS Gr 1 English book.  A good education is just one of the huge challenges they face

Alic and Ezmeekie enjoying the CAPS Gr 1 English book. A good education is just one of the huge challenges they face

And it's lunch....Alice, Toko and Kumbu select the catch of the day

And it’s lunch….Alice, Toko and Kumbu select the catch of the day

The decision has been a hard but I have decided to stay in Malawi, as you said there is no place for us down there. We will be going back to England this winter for two months as we need to fundraise. We have decided to do a joint venture that covers all our problems and reasons to leave and that is to build a primary school.  I will need all the help we can get so if you know of any good funding or a school that would like to partner up and help us with the build and the initial running of the place.

My heart is glad that Alice has decided to make a go of it in Malawi, and my admiration for her spirit is unbounded… I am reminded daily of the light in Ezmeeki’s eyes when I sat with her and the CAPS Gr 1 English book, that day on the lake in Makuzi. Back home I see the pile of used CAPS books in my storeroom … all I need is an eraser and they can teach another child or ten.

What if?

Have a magical May….

Phillippa and Caroline