ERP donates laptops to a rural school in Limpopo

ERP donates laptops to a rural school in Limpopo

In February, one of our ERP Ambassadors, Clement Maosa, approached us with his idea of giving back to his former school, Ramatema Secondary School, in Senwabarwana, Limpopo (South Africa). As a well known local South African actor and celebrity, Clement wanted to positively influence learners in Senwabarwana by sharing his life’s experiences. Clement brought along some of his fellow South African celebrities and donated stationery and other educational items to the students.  One of the visiting celebrities was the Olympic winning gold medalist Caster Semenya, who like Clement, is from a disadvantaged rural school and is therefore very familiar with the socio-economic challenges and poor education that face rural communities. The event was therefore held on the 4th of March, 2017. As ERP, we were able to support Clement to ensure that the event was both successful and impactful. In this regard, we contributed the following:

  • One projector and five whiteboards
  • Five laptops – one each to be given to grades 8-12
  • The provision of Mindset Learning material to assist students in support of their curriculum

ERP branded t-shirts for the matriculating class were handed out to raise awareness of the importance of conserving wildlife in order to protect the community’s heritage and thereby provide economic opportunities through conservation and tourism. Thus expressing the essence of the ERP mission: “To protect and conserve elephants and rhinos through the alleviation of poverty”



Water relief for 8,000 thirsty elephants neglected by Zimbabwe

s a drought-inducing El Niño settled over southern Africa in 2016, the animals of Hwange national park in Zimbabwe faced desperate water shortages.

During a heatwave in October, conservation worker Prince Sansole spotted an elephant partially submerged in a muddy pool. His movements initially looked no different from the water games routinely played by the giant creatures. Only a closer look revealed that the young bull was in trouble, struggling to get up. His limp trunk kept dropping back into the water, unable to catch a fresh breath. Ream more


Life skills for elephants behaving badly



A wildlife initiative uses new ways to rescue and rehabilitate animals traumatised by human activity, writes Claire Keeton.

A scrawny man sits on his haunches in the bush facing eight elephants who tower over him, greeting him with rumblings and flapping ears.

One of them flicks his foot towards him. That means the man should go away. Not budging, Jock McMillan does the same with his foot at the restless young male, flanked by two others, who yields a foot or two to him.

Then this elephant turns his attention to the bakkie where we sit next to bags of feed, pellets provided during the dry season to supplement the elephants’ diet and reduce their impact on the reserve.

Quietly, McMillan tells him to leave us alone and he again backs away.

Members of this herd on a private reserve in Limpopo listen to McMillan – usually. But they are not tame.

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14 November 2016 – The passing of an Icon…


14 November 2016 – The passing of an Icon…It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that Saving The Survivors has to share the devastating news that our beloved White rhino cow, Hope, is no longer with us. She was found yesterday late afternoon without life in her boma where she has been cared for since March this year. We don’t know yet what dimmed Hope’s light and we are left with a huge ‘WHY?’ today. The cause of death looks to be a bacterial infection of her small intestine, and we have requested further tests to shed light on this immense tragedy.

This courageous rhino has been the face of rhino poaching survivors since she survived a brutal attack in the Eastern Cape at the end of April last year. Wandering alone in the bush for days, deeply hurt and with half her face hacked off, she survived against all odds. It was no wonder then, that she was christened Hope and became a worldwide ambassador for her species. Her healing was described as miraculous and she continued to show a fighting spirit, bar none.
Thank you to all the veterinarians involved in treating Hope, her caretakers and everyone else that contributed to Hope’s wellbeing!

There will always be Hope, for this iconic rhino will live on in everyone’s hearts and in STS’s mission of Creating Hope from Hurt.

Buy a Rhino and you will be “Buying a Difference” and safe Rhino’s in the wild

Handmade Rhino by Toy Project who is a community-based initiative for previously unemployed women of the Groenfontein Valley outside Calitzdorp, and more recently, the Wittedrift community outside Plettenberg Bay.

Toy Project represents what can be termed a ‘social enterprise’: a project with social goals (employment, income generation and skills development), but driven by business principles. In our case all labour and materials are covered directly by product sales, with initial seed capital kindly funded by a private trust. Although relatively new on the block we are already 100% self-funded. By demonstrating a workable alternative to the ‘charity model’ common to most community projects we hope that other poor communities can be encouraged to adopt a similar sustainable approach and we can all learn from each other.

SIZE: 290mm (l) X 180mm (h)

FABRIC: Shweshwe (in a variety of colours & patterns)


Meet Lifa

Dressed in a kaleidoscope of funky bright Shweshwe designs, this Taunina Bear epitomizes the vibrant, audacious craziness of Africa. Inspired by the bold brilliance of our continent’s indigenous flora, the exquisite hand-embroidery adorning this little treasure’s tummy will dazzle and amaze. A sensual treat of rich velvets, bold cotton prints and extraordinary design. Fall in love all over again. Lifa was born on 10 February 2015 in Cape Town – South Africa