Updates from my former Izivunguvungu students achieving sailing excellence.

Matt was former managing director of the development sailing school Izivunguvungu for a decade in its heyday when it was associated with the Team shosholoza Americas cup 2007 campaign. 

Well done Gerrie and Asenathi “RCYC Team to defend Lipton Challenge Cup 2019 
This year we received two expressions of interest to represent  RCYC at Lipton Challenge Cup being sailed during August for the first time in Cape 31s.  
May was the month chosen to host the sail-off, with the event being hosted over 2 consecutive Saturdays, with 7 races to count.  (no discards – as it is in Lipton)  
Team Seascape powered by YANMAR  – skippered by Gerry Hegie/ Asenathi Jim and Team Magic skippered by Malcolm Hall/ Roger Hudson.  Both teams were incredibly focused, well prepared and bought a professional element to the sail-off ].  
Congratulations to Gerry Hegie / Asenathi Jim and the team on Seascape power by YANMAR for winning the sail-off.  
Team Seascape powered by YANMAR will be known as this years defenders for the Lipton Challenge Cup” Royal Cape Yacht Club


Howard Leoto wins the Mirror Nationals, with Asanda Conjwa taking 4th. Keep up the good work guys, excellent.

Scale up farming or diversify at Shepherds Keep?

In Farming making more is not always about being heavier, sometimes paradoxically its about being lighter.

“Its not about growing cabbages…”  was a famous quote by ALAN ROSENBERG  Biodynamic farmer. Allen was one of my favorite lecturers during my studies of Agroecology at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch.

If you grow cabbages you must sell a lot of cabbages to make a living, possibly sacrificing more natural areas in the ‘scaling up’ this type of thinking would involve. Other options for income generation include diversification. In diversification one must not exclude alternatives, perhaps rather saving natural areas? Or put in economic language; what is the opportunity cost of cultivating natural areas? Can our concept of farming nature be broadened? The following short video describes a humble, accessible and relatively fruitful attempt to diversify through agritourism (for lack of a better term):

Allen Rozenberg’s often repeated phrase was always thrown in to prompt astute students to larger sphere of operational influences than those under discussion. My personal interpretation of this lesson is the forging of links/threads/filaments of consciousness between person and nature; these links supersede the rational consciousness; tomorrows reasons are hitherto invisible. A process of becoming or aspiration I attempt to conjure in the title ‘Niche Unity’.

So spread the word, check-in to Shepherds Keep, you the consumer or aspirant can experience and support Niche Unity, Our farming activities now extend beyond our cadastral boundaries, encompass all the elements of nature and forged from all the stuff of peasant beginnings.