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About Andrea

My childhood was wonderous. My sisters and I grew up in a lush, tropical garden in Durban, South Africa, where we played barefoot outdoors with neighbourhood friends until the sun faded.

We climbed trees, picked avos and paw-paws, made mud pies, ate granadillas off the vine and made garlands of fragrant frangipanis which we wore with fairylike grace.

In blissful ignorance of the household television unit already prolific in other parts of the world, we wrote our own scripts, constructed our own sets and charged a fee of 10 cents for our parents to watch our fanciful theatrical productions.




I am actively involved in “I Learn to Live – Ngifundela Ukuphila”, an education and social capital development NPO. The organisation is focused on providing education opportunities to school children and youth in rural Zululand.

Their mission is to raise up loving, creative, problem solving, community changing children and youth with skills to thrive in life, by exposing them to education programmes, experiences, and advice to develop these skills. “I Learn to Live” and I believe that rural children and youth should be given an opportunity to create a meaningful life, in which they contribute towards their community, and society at large.

Tales and Tails

Tales and Tails

Venturing into the African Bush has always been one of my utmost favourite pastimes. Growing up only approximately 3 hours from the Hluhluwe and iMfolozi Nature Reserves*, meant that for me, I would probably visit at least four times a year. Nothing felt quite as...

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Reading to Penguins

Reading to Penguins

Boulders Beach has long been the place of happy memories for me. Having first visited as a young teenager and wading in the water amongst these curious little creatures, my visits to Cape Town were never complete until we called in to see the penguins at least once....

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