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