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Exciting new development for Sakhile Centre of Learning

Posted on Sat May 5, 2018.

Sometimes in life, one just has to be patient.

If you always give, you will always get.

It always seems impossible until it’s done.

These three statements above epitomise our journey at the learning centres…

Two years ago, a Dutch couple visited Three Tree Hill during their South African holiday. They visited Sakhile Centre of Learning in the Amazizi rural village neighbouring Royal Natal Drakensberg Park. They were so moved by Elijah Mbonane (founding partner of Legacy of GraceSA) and his village tour that they decided to leave a lasting legacy for the people in this community. It has taken two years to work out the finances & planning, but now things seem to have come together. Together with Community Architect Kevin Kimwelle we will be building a new, improved school for these children. Kevin has a unique talent and passion for creating and building beautiful structures to bring together sustainability and ethical design to his projects. This movement forward in the school’s future is due to these generous donors who see the bright future of our Sakhile kids for their education and future endeavors. The 5-year project aims to be completed by 2022.

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Family friendly fun for the French!

Posted on Sun March 4, 2018.

A wonderful blog written by French family James & Solen Pennaneach that stayed recently….

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Botshabelo breaks barriers

Posted on Mon February 5, 2018.

Botshabelo is a multifaceted charity based in Johannesburg, South Africa. They are passionate about transforming children’s lives through excellent residential care and education. UpliftED is the Teacher Training Programme partnering into impoverished communities to empower both the teachers and their preschools to offer a better, more solid foundation in education. They reach into communities where many preschools are under-equipped, have poor facilities and the teachers are untrained. Zamokuhle is the first rural school that they are working with.

Four super-energetic, super-motivated, super-stars travel all the way from Johannesburg every two months in order to train the unqualified “teachers” that care for the children in our Learning Centres. The results have been unbelievable. The feedback from the community has been exceptional. Previously, the children at the centre would sleep all day. Now, they can sing the national anthem, say the days of the week in English & cut with a pair of scissors.

We do dream that one day Zamokuhle Centre of Learning in Hambrook can be the TRAINING centre for this area!

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What a fabulous way to end the year…

Posted on Thu January 4, 2018.

Christmas Eve 2017 was celebrated with Zulu Tenor, Mxolisi, who brought on the sunset with his magnificent voice rolling over the hills as guests watched the sunset over the Drakensberg mountains. Families with children enjoyed toasting their own “stick-breads” on the open fire, whilst parents sipped on craft gin & tonic under the shade of an ancient Acacia tree.

As the New Year 2018 rolled in, so did the rain… Accompanied by spectacular thunderstorms, finally the drought has abated. The dams have all filled up, the grass has thickened & turned green, waterfalls are flowing and all the animals are looking portly again. This section of the Spioenkop dam has been dry for 3 years, but now has water in it, attracting vast herds of game therefore making for spectacular guided bush walks.

The rains have brought great relief to resident amphibians, some that have been aestivating for the past 3 years. This is a process whereby these creatures will form a water-conserving cocoon around their bodies & burrow deep under the ground to conserve moisture. When wet conditions return, they will surface to breed, feed & replenish their fat stores before the next dry season.

The Guttural Toad (Amietophrynus gutturalis) is widespread throughout Southern Africa, spreading into areas in the southern Cape, which is causing problems with local endemic species. They can lay up to 25 000 eggs at a time & tadpoles take about 75 days to metamorphose.

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Solar Panels for Hambrook

Posted on Thu October 5, 2017.

Simon recently delivered 6 solar system set-ups for 6 under-priveledged families in the nearby village, Hambrook. The simple systems can be taken in at night for safety & easily set up again during the day for charging. The systems can be used to run 2 lights or lamps plus charge a cell phone. The residents were thrilled.

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