I am a man of many talents and interests. While sport always has been, and always will be, my passion, this has not stopped me from covering a wide variety of other events, news stories and articles. Here are these non-sport articles that have been published in Grocott’s Mail


Makhanda 2019 Freedom Day Celebrations

His Excellency, The President of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa walking into the tent, before he addresses the crowd at Miki Yili for the 2019 Freedom Day Celebrations. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

On Saturday 27 April, I was lucky enough to cover the Freedom Day celebrations in Makhanda, which gave me the unique opportunity to be within a 5m radius of the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa. While others at Grocott’s Mail were tasked with the writing and social media updates of the event, I was given the task of taking great photos. Here are the best photos that I took on the day: READ MORE…


Great Fish Family Fun

The Great Fish River meanders through the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, providing water to the many different wildlife, fauna and flora species in the park. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

Makhanda (Grahamstown) is situated in an area surrounded by natural beauty, and while many residents and nature lovers want to experience the wonders of the Eastern Cape, they are not always aware of what is most affordable or on offer. The Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency (ECPTA), however, is a great place to look for information on Nature and Game Reserves around Makhanda and throughout the province. READ MORE…


Helping hand for Givers from Isuzu

Internal Communications Officer at Isuzu Eastern Cape, Vuyiseka Nyembezi (left) hands the keys to the two new water trucks to Ali Sablay from the Gift of the Givers. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

The Gift of the Givers were given a helping hand themselves on Tuesday 12 March, when Isuzu Motors South Africa donated two water trucks to the organisation for their use in managing the water shortage in Makhanda (Grahamstown). READ MORE…


Wait for licence cards drags on

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A traffic officer checks a motorist’s driver’s license in Makhanda (Grahamstown). Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

Makana Traffic Chief Coenraad Hanekom has advised local drivers whose licences will soon expire to renew them at least a month in advance. Hanekom spoke to Grocott’s Mail this week, as the Department of Transport struggles to catch up on a massive backlog of licence card printing. Drivers can expect to wait a number of months before receiving their new licence cards. READ MORE…


Student initiative brings tank to Mary Waters

Mary Waters Tank
Mary Waters’ students, through the Enke Make your Mark and Ikamva Youth programmes, have managed to raise the funds to bring a rainwater tank to their school, in response to the Eastern Cape Water crisis. Photo: Stephen Kisbey-Green

In the midst of a water crisis in Makhanda (Grahamstown), a group of enterprising young students at Mary Waters Secondary School have taken it upon themselves to provide their school with a rainwater tank. READ MORE…


Fun Walk for Women’s Day

The Archie Mbolekwa Drum Majorettes lead the procession of women in the walk towards Fort England on Thursday 9 August from Fingo Square.
The Archie Mbolekwa Drum Majorettes lead the procession of women in the walk towards Fort England on Thursday 9 August from Fingo Square.

On Thursday 9 August, recognised as South Africa’s National Women’s Day, a group of local women and other community members took part in a fun walk event, which led them to Fort England Hospital. The group would continue on to play a couple of sports games inside the hospital grounds. READ MORE…


Grahamstown meets Syracuse in working exchange

On Wednesday 30 May, students from Syracuse University in New York State, America, descended upon Grahamstown’s Graham Hotel to host a meet and greet together with the Inkululeko programme. The event was the official start of the Syracuse students’ three-week trip in Grahamstown. READ MORE…


Rhodes supports Inkululeko leadership training

Rhodes supports Inkululeko leadership training
Inkululeko learners paying complete attention to the speaker at the leadership day in Eden Grove.

Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) recently hosted participants in the Inkululeko programme at Eden Grove for a day of leadership and entrepreneurship training. The Inkululeko learners gathered at Eden Grove’s Seminar Room 1 to attend a series of lectures from various leaders in fields such as radio, sport, business and academia. READ MORE…


East London spinbash thrills this Saturday

East London will play host to a very special spinbash on Saturday 12 May when Wheelz ‘N Smoke host the electrifying spinning event. East London’s own Enock Spears will be celebrating his birthday in the only way he knows how, by revving up his engine and spinning on his home soil. READ MORE…


Student societies give back to the community

Recently, Rhodes students signed up for various societies as a way to make friends and try new activities. However, many societies root themselves in community engagement. These societies are always looking for new members, and are constantly working to encourage students to get involved with the community. READ MORE…

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