The spirit of South Africa comes from its diversity and uniqueness in so many ways. It is a land of contrasts. A place where you "feel" more than you "see". As soon as you touch ground you feel the throb of the land. You hear the sounds of Africa and you are immediately entangled in the jostle and hub of a vibrant atmosphere. The colours, sounds and "busi-ness" of the city draw you in and you feel pure joy, despite the harsh conditions you witness around you.
The contrast of the bush is the calmness, serenity and almost spiritual connection you make as you take in the terrain and people in the rural areas. Along with this comes the contrast associated with the animals. They are so beautiful and experiencing them in the wild leaves you overwhelmed with questions and knowledge about a world so ordered and perfect that is slowly being destroyed by man's greed. The many game reserves that are supposed to be shelters for wild animals, are also the feeding ground for poachers. South Africa is fighting a war against the extinction of its animals, as more and more, mainly rhinos and elephants are being killed.
Simunye cannot stand back and watch, so a portion of our fundraising goes to the anti poaching unit, which is doing such a fantastic, but difficult, job protecting these animals. Our Year 10's along with other volunteers knitted blankets for the rhino's which were very well received.