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audio Mr Mpisi on African Culture
    Author: Roddy Bray

Mr Mpisi, a headman in a village near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, tells us about the values of African culture.

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audio Interview with Roddy Bray about Nelson Mandela
    Author: Roddy Bray

Interview by Jennie Carr speaking with Rodd Bray about the life of Nelson Mandela

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audio The Great Bantu Migration
    Author: Roddy Bray

One of the largest human migrations in history, the Bantu from West Africa populated almost all of sub-Saharan Africa, colonising the lands of the ancient Pygmy and Bushmen peoples, creating a sophisticated culture that stretched from the Sahara to the southern coast of Africa.

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audio Understanding Religion
    Author: Roddy Bray

Roddy Bray looks at rationalistic and spiritual approaches to religion, and outlines the development of religious beliefs from Neanderthals to the New Age, through animism, shamanism, and the major world religions. Recorded live on the Silver Explorer.

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audio An Overview of Aid and Development
    Author: Roddy Bray

Africa has received more than $2.5trillion in aid since 1960. But does aid do more harm than good? What motivates governments, NGOs and individuals to donate to Africa? This lecture by Roddy Bray does not offer final answers, but shows the complex, and problematic aspects of aid. Recorded live on the Silver Wind.

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audio Conservation in Africa
    Author: Roddy Bray

Why are there 100,000 elephants on one side of the Chobe river and none on the other? Why are lion populations in sharp decline? As we cross the equator, and pass the abundant rainforests of Gabon, which are now under threat, we consider the history of conservation in Africa: the policy of creating conservation parks, but excluding local people, the debates over poaching, fencing and hunting, the fight to save species, and in particular the story of the rhino. We look at innovative policies of eco-tourism and community conservancies, including those of the Namibian government and the work of Wilderness Safaris to finance conservation through tourism and engage local communities. We look at the success of Botswana’s policies and the problems encountered in East Africa. We also explore the extraordinary transformation of the St Lucia Wetlands in South Africa and Gorongosa in Mozambique. Recorded live on the Silver Explorer.

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audio Human Evolution
    Author: Roddy Bray

This lecture is a whistle stop tour through an amazing story of hominid evolution in Africa, including bipedalism in the savannah, tool use and fire, language, hunting and gathering and a very close brush with extinction. In the process we learn of the Leakey’s and the famous finds of east Africa, and the more recent finds at the ‘cradle of humankind’ in South Africa. Our walk with our evolving hominid ancestors sees dead-ends, adaptations and vast migrations across the world; competition between different hominid species and the final emergence of modern man in southern Africa two hundred thousand years ago, and his slow progress out of Africa to populate every habitat on earth. Recorded live on the Silver Wind.

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audio Alphabet Stories - A to Z
    Author: Simric Yarrow

Simric Yarrow has created a superb collection of 19 stories for children, which follow the alphabet from 'Angel A' to 'Zippy Zoomer, Xanadu and Xerxes'. We used these stories by Simric to teach our own children the alphabet (combined with drawing and our own poems based on the stories) when we were travelling in Africa for a year. They were a fantastic base for our kids, fuelling their imagination and giving them a love for language that has endured. These stories deserve to be used widely and Simric's talent celebrated. I cannot recommend them more highly. Roddy Bray

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audio A Very Brief History of South Africa
    Author: Roddy Bray

This is a fast-moving introduction to South African history in 25 minutes, covering the period 1647 to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as President in 1994. I recorded this talk live as a guest lecturer on the MV Silver Wind (Silversea cruises) off the west coast of Africa in 2012.

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audio Lessons from Nature and the Pantanal
    Author: Simon Bellingham

Simon reflects on what we can learn from wildlife, and tells the story of his work in the Pantanal of Brazil, where he is helping to introduce eco-tourism to conserve the threatened Jaguar.

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audio The Rim of Africa Trail
    Author: Ivan Groenhof

Ivan Groenhof tells his remarkable story of how he developed a vision for the Rim of Africa trail.

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audio Manzovo: Place of the Elephants
    Author: Gary Albyn

'Manzovo: Place of the Elephants' is an award winning poem, the story of an elephant as she migrate through southern Africa with her herd. In the first recording Gary introduces how he wrote the poem, which began as an experience of an elephant when he was 10. The second recording is of Gary telling the poem in full.

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audio My Congolese Journey
    Author: Greg Salter

Greg Salter, journalist and researcher, has had a long and rich connection with the Congo: from clubbing in Kinshasa to reporting to the UN on the finances of warlords. He loves the country's rhumba and ambience, and says it is time we heard the stories of the Congolese and reject the image of the Congo as Conrad's 'heart of darkness'.

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audio Institute for Healing Memories
    Author: Roddy Bray

Alphonse Niyodusenga, deputy director of the Institute for Healing of Memories, describes the work of the Institute in a talk to post-graduate students of Van Der Bilt University. Drawing on his own experience as a Rwandan, Alphonse reflects on the need to heal anger and distrust in traumatised communities, in order to break the divisions in society that can create cycles of violence for generations.

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audio Listening to Children in Nepal, Scotland and South Africa
    Author: Rachel Bray

In this introduction, I share stories about how I came to understand that learning from children is important, and how to set about doing so. Looking back on my research amongst vulnerable children in Nepal, Scotland and southern Africa, I reflect on what taught me to really listen and to understand the world from their perspectives. Then I speak about how I have tried to use such learning to make a difference – to inspire and influence adults who raise, teach or guide children, including those in government designing policies and securing budgets to improve children’s lives.

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audio Dr Ian McCallum: Living Dreams
    Author: Ian & Sharon McCallum

In this two part talk, recorded live at Zensa Lodge in Cape Town in April 2012, Dr Ian McCallum reflects on his experiences of wilderness, sharing poems written in some of the most pristine regions of Africa. Drawing on his background as a psychotherapist he discusses the importance of wild places for the human psyche.

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audio The Story of Gibb's Farm
    Author: Gibb's Farm

'Sometimes life takes unexpected turns'... Dale Jensen tells us how he received an unexpected call in the USA from Margaret Gibbs inviting him to become GM of a farm lodge near the Ngorongora Crater in northern Tanzania. It was the beginning of a long relationship with Gibb's which has led to its transformation into a unique 5* cross-cultural experience.

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audio The Battle of Isandlwana
    Author: Rob Caskie

The most famous British defeat in Victorian times came at the hands of the Zulu at Isandlwana. The battle was fought under a sphinx like mountain and ended at the moment of an eclipse. The British force was almost entirely wiped out, losing 1329 men, overwhelmed by the cunning, skill and bravery of the Zulu army.

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audio Rock Art in the Matobo Hills, Zimbabwe
    Author: Paul Hubbard

Paul Hubbard grew up exploring the Matobo Hills, fascinated by the rock art. In this recording he explores the symbolism and purpose of the art.

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audio A History of South Africa in 8 Parts
    Author: Roddy Bray

An eight part audio history of South Africa beginning in ancient times, leading up to Apartheid and the transition to democracy under Nelson Mandela. This is my 'magnum opus' after twenty years of fascination with South Africa's story. The country's history is always controversial - please leave your comments below!

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audio A Self-Drive Guided Tour of the Cape Winelands
    Author: Roddy Bray

Guided by Roddy Bray. Download the audio tour (ZIP) which features 13 tracks (MP3) including clear directions. Listen at stopping points and as you tour the winelands. Be sure to also download the two documents below, which feature your itinerary, a map with GPS data, and restaurant details. The itinerary, includes Spier, Stellenbosch, Delaire, Franschhoek, Mandela's release site, Fairview and Paarl.

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audio Art with youth keeps culture alive: Venda artist Thomas Kubayi shares experience
    Author: Rachel Bray

Thomas Kubayi is a wood carver in the Venda region of South Africa. He tells Rachel Bray about expressing culture and passing on indigenous knowledge to the youth.

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audio Avashoni Maingaye: Venda Artist
    Author: Rachel Bray

Avashoni Maingaye is an artist in the Venda region of South Africa. He tells Rachel Bray about the importance of art for youth and how he shares his skill with young people.

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audio Growing Up in the Masai Mara
    Author: Jackson Looseyia

Jackson Looseyia tells of growing up as a Maasai herdsboy, becoming a Man and then a guide, and his profound respect and love for lions.

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audio The Zambezi Valley
    Author: John Stevens

John introduces us to the Zambezi Valley, and in particular Mana Pools, with two stories of his adventures with rhino, once by moonlight, and another tracking with a wide eyed 12 year old boy.

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audio Wilderness Encounters
    Author: Alan McSmith

Alan draws on his two decades leading walking safaris and reflects on how wilderness helps us to know ourselves and discover a new tolerance.

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audio Birds and Conservation
    Author: Marc Baker

Marc gives us a fascinating discussion of his work as a conservationist and a guide: the dilemmas of finding solutions to the conflicting needs of communities, wildlife, government and private development.

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audio A Story Introducing The Concept of Fractions
    Author: Simric Yarrow

A Story Introducing The Concept of Fractions

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audio Introducing the concept of Money
    Author: Simric Yarrow

Introducing the concept of Money

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audio Tackling Poverty: Keiskamma Trust Hamburg SA
    Author: Rachel Bray

The Keiskamma Trust has brought renewed hope and support to an isolated coastal village in South Africa hard-hit by AIDS. Rachel Bray interviews some of the staff.

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audio Rural AIDS Care: Eunice's Story
    Author: Rachel Bray

Eunice Mangwane tells Rachel Bray her remarkable story of fighting HIV, especially stigma, in a remote coastal region in South Africa.

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audio Educational Support in Rural Zululand
    Author: Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray interviews children and adults learning from each other as part of the Zisize project in northern Zululand, and how such learning is enhancing relationships between generations.

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audio Radio By Children: Empowerment in rural South Africa
    Author: Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray interviews children involved in a radio project in northern Zululand and discovers how the project is changing lives.

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audio The Royal Drakensberg School
    Author: Rachel Bray

Children in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa are learning together in an integrated, multi-racial school started by the community.

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audio Meet Simphiwe: A young South African artist tells his story
    Author: Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray interviews Simphiwe Ndzube, who grew up in the township of Masiphumelele. Simphiwe is now realising his dreams, becoming a successful artist and taking a degree at the University.

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audio Children learn life-skills in the Wilderness
    Author: Rachel Bray

Rachel Bray interviews workers from Children in the Wilderness in Malawi, learning how their camps inform children about HIV, life skills and the environment.

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audio Caiphus Mthabela, Drakensberg Guide
    Author: Roddy Bray

Roddy Bray interviews Caiphus Mthabela, a man whose life was transformed from desperate drug runner to leading mountain guide in the Mweni district of the Drakensberg.

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audio The Flight of the Unicorn, The Fight to Save Africa's Rhinos
    Author: Clive Walker

For more than forty years Clive has been at the forefront of rhino conservation. This is his story of the fight to save the Rhino from extinction.

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audio The Story of Ingonyama Dance Group, Zimbabwe
    Author: Ingonyama

Ingonyama is a very talented, but little known, drama, dance and singing group in rural western Zimbabwe. They have a remarkable story, how they continue to spread their message of conservation in Zimbabwe despite many hardships and difficulties.

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audio Nelson Mandela
    Author: Roddy Bray

Roddy shares a brief account of the life of Nelson Mandela, and reflects on the influences that helped shape this unique man.

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