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Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

It’s a wrench and a drench to leave

Pooped but proud to have finished, Shona Aylward looks back on the demanding final days of the Wild Coast hike and salutes their energetic guide.

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Hook ’em and reel ’em in:
How to write killer intros

Whether you are writing a news story or a feature, start your story with a bang. Hook the reader with your opening line!

Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

Onward and upward:
Shona Aylward on Day 6

We ramble along the rutted coastline, in and out of pockets of exquisite beaches hugged by cliffs. Shona Aylward reports on Day Five of her Wild Coast hike.

Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

Any port in a storm:
the going gets tough on days 4 & 5

The going gets tough for  Wild Coast hiker Shona Aylward. But the scenery rewards and the history is rich, not least the remains of an obscure harbour. First published by

Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

On the rocks: how tuna fishermen
brought the party to a leper colony

On Day 3 of her Wild Coast hike, Shona Aylward passes through beautiful Mkambati, once a leper colony and the scene of a memorable beach party.

Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

Fireside stories and other cracking tales on the trail

On day two of her Wild Coast hike, Shona Aylward criss-crosses the Red Sands, learns a little about plant magic and the area’s turbulent past – not all of it distant. 

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Win R500 by writing a simple, but provocative, thought-inspiring story

Great chance for budding reporters to get published Roving Reporters​ will award R500 to an aspirant environmental reporter who produces the most provocative, thought-inspiring and entertaining story in covering Wavescape’s SLIDE

Arts & Film Environment Ocean Watch

Sea Shepherd skipper on film fest bill

Mlu Mdletshe A KwaZulu-Natal based skipper with the controversial marine conservation organisation, Sea Shepherd, will be among an engaging lineup of speakers at a special Durban International Film Festival event

Environment Shona's wild sojourn Wild Walk series

Shona Aylward’s wild sojourn:
Day One

South Coast Herald journalist Shona Aylward meets one of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s grandsons and enjoys being guided by a true gentleman on the first day of her Wild Coast hike.

Environment TOP STORIES Wild Walk series

Pondo passion for colourful tales burns bright

Mlu Mdletshe, an urban Zulu catches a whiff of Pondo Fever and takes its cultural pulse.