Melanie Walker

I’m one of those odd people who, despite travelling the world, hasn’t actually moved all that far. I’m living in the house I pretty much grew up in and doubt that I’ll ever really leave it! Like most people who live in ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’, I have a love/hate relationship with the city. The thing I hate the most are the obnoxious drivers who litter our road, so if you’re ever in my hood and you’re confronted with a blonde who stops to point out you're in the wrong, steer clear.… I love that we have so many trees (and if one more person points out that, hey, like, shoo wow, we have the largest man-made forest in the world here, I’ll throw up on myself!) and that so many people are getting into the groove and getting not only indigenous but endemic – after all, I’m a serious gardener…

Joburg’s 10 Million Tree Canopy Under SERIOUS Threat. Here’s What You Can Do.

Johannesburg is famous for having one of the largest urban forests in the world, but now the South African city faces losing much of...

South Africa’s Proteas: Every SA Protea Under the Sun!

We often think of Proteas as being Proudly South African, but how many of you knew that they’re actually widely distributed throughout the southern...

24 Hours to Have Your Say on ‘Land Expropriation’ – What Does It Mean?

"Land expropriation without compensation." So... what does that phrase actually mean? And how does it affect all the peoples of our country? Melanie Walker...

Gallivanting SA Granny’s Awesome Adventure Through Africa at 80

I first met Julia Albu, one of the Grand Dames of the PR industry, some 25 years ago... writes Melanie Walker. Larger than life...

Stand for Something or End up Falling for Anything….

It’s a very difficult thing on occasion to ignore what’s going on around you. Or at least, not to react too negatively towards it....
Heat Wave in Cape Town

South Africans Drop Off Water to Help Overcome the Curse of El Niño

The drought continues apace in South Africa. It’s hot as hell everywhere, including obviously Hotazel. Water shortages are a reality (even if some people in...

The New South African Treasure Hunt

It was fast. It was fun. It was clearly something people in our lovely country should do. And thanks to Kia SA for making...
Knysna South Africa

TRAVEL: Road Trip South Africa. The Ultimate Treasure Hunt. Part II.

Well, that was a whistle-stop tour of the country. And yes, would have loved to have been able to take much more time doing...
Treasure Hunt

TRAVEL: The New South African Treasure Hunt

Sometimes things come about because you’re tired of the fast pace of life, the continual "mission mission mission, get there quickly," rush around...and then...
Rex Garner South Africa

A Tribute to South African Treasures….Rex Garner, Peter Lotis, Dennis MacLean

It must be said: I've been blessed. For a blonde whose claim to fame used to be jumping out of helicopters (for a TV...