I am an enterprise development facilitator and my work has taken me all over South Africa, to the metro poles, big towns, small towns and rural parts of the country. http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com started when I became the project manager for an initiative aimed at developing rural small medium and micro enterprises from communities located along the border of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve in Mpumalanga. The greater Bushbuckridge area is commonly referred to as “the bush” or “e bush” by the local people. I refer to it as “the iconic bush” as it is a truly unique and special place in South Africa, home to the world famous Kruger National Park and the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo). The area attracts a great number of first time and return visitors from all over the world, making travel, accommodation, wild life, people and small businesses, integral parts of the local eco-tourism and wild life economies.
http://www.lifeintheiconicbush.com documents my observations and experiences as I consistently interacted with people who live and work in the communities around the Sabi Sand Game Reserve and Kruger National Park, in particular small business owners working to make a living and managers and staff that operate and work in the many, world famous private game reserve and national park establishments dotted around the area.
I like to encourage people to realize that any action is a good action if it’s proactive and there is positive intent behind it.Michael J. Fox
Call to action! When you are next in any of the three, iconic landscapes, please support local businesses by purchasing your goods and services from them. A directory of local businesses and nearest gate into the Sabi Sand Game Reserve http://www.sabisand.co.za can be found at http://www.pedproject.co.za
My work as a local economic development practitioner is very interesting and allows me to connect local businesses to opportunities offered by local markets. I am passionate about the well being of my family, I love the iconic landscapes in three of South Africa’s hot biodiversity spots, good food, beautiful things, positiveness and possibilities offered by longevity.
A day in the life of a personal blogger who is based remotely, involves constant communication with the field team using various tools such as OneNote, mobile messaging services, telecon, Skype and email to ensure that I am kept appraised of goings on in the communities and small enterprises we work with. Rural communities and in particular, small enterprises in the rural areas face many challenges, namely access to viable markets, finance, transportation, raw materials supply, managerial and technical skills, ICT, product and service quality and awareness of government compliance and company registration requirements.
Together with the field team we facilitate, identify and link these enterprises to real opportunities.
My blog is about the my experiences and observations in rural, iconic landscapes of Namaqualand, Mzimvubu and Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, located in three of of South Africa’s biodiversity hotspots. I blog whenever I have traveled to these during which time I capture the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings and touches of iconic Landscapes.
Mabharule Youth in Action is a dance troupe of some 54 members and is run as a small enterprise that offers a cultural dance service to the lodges in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. The troupe also performs at weddings and cultural evets held in the villages. The group consists of both young and adult members who get together after work and school to practice and perfect their dance moves.
A 54-piece dance troupe in Mabarhule sings & dances in the lodges in the Sabi Sand. Watch the song “Banana-moto” https://t.co/7NoqcEO3ii
Through this business, the group members generate supplementary income and at the same time show case, preserve the dance and story telling culture of the Shangaan people. Another video can be viewed at this link Mabarhule Youth In Action
If you haven’t watched a wildebeest crossing in person, trust me, no documentary will ever do it justice. It’s like trying to capture the enormity of the Himalayas in a photograph, or the feeling of flying in a hot air balloon from a video. They’re unlike anything you’ve seen before. Every crossing is unique and […]