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The following stories form part of Roving Reporters Wild Walk series, sponsored by the 8 Mile Club compliments of the recent Wild Swim expedition.

Pondo passion for colourful tales burns bright, by Mlu Mdletshe

More Pondo magic than you can shake a stick at, by Matt Vend

Dangling limpets and silver dancing girls provide much food for thought, by Natalie dos Santos


Applications to take part in sponspored Wild Coast trails have been received from a  diverse range of marine biology students, aspirant environmental writers  and seasoned journalists.

Candidates enrolled on the next Wild Coast hike, taking place from July 21 – July 28, are

WildOceans project officer, Masha Ramsamooch.

Masha reckons taking part in a Wild Coast trail will be a new  experience, adding value to everything she has learned as a young marine scientist. “Ever since I was a little girl I have always had a fascination with the ocean and all the mysterious creatures that reside within it.” After completing her honours degree in Marine biology in 2018, Masha vowed to dedicate her life to educating others on the important role the oceans play in our lives and why it is vital to protect it. >> Read more here

Ocean Steward, Jamila Janna

Jamila has just won an award to produce a documentary titled Wild Coast Wallflower.  She was one of 11 aspirant filmmakers shortlisted to pitch documentary ideas at the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers’ (NEWF) conference in Durban this week. She reckons that indigenous beliefs and knowledge of the people matter just as much as the reasons Marine Protected Areas exist. The 22-year-old marine biology honours graduate, who had originally planned to study journalism,  sees the forthcoming wild Coat hike as it as an opportunity for her as a scientist “who always had to have a rigid, precise and very factual style of writing, to learn the art of intriguing people through the fluidity yet factual nature of journalism”.  > > Read more here.

South Coast Hearld reporter, Shona Aylward

Shona sees the Wild Coast as a very special part of South Africa, but confesses to know very little about this section of the coastline, hence her excitement at taking part in the forthcoming trail as an associated Roving Reporters mentor. >> Read more here

The forthcoming Wild Coast trail is being led by award-winning conservationist, Sinegugu Zukulu.