ZuluWaters has built bridges, both figuratively and literally, with the neighbouring communities, and has become an important source of employment for them. ZuluWaters doesn’t simply provide jobs, however, it provides opportunities. The people of ZuluWaters are important to the functioning of the reserve and the Trust takes an active interest in the community. ZuluWaters’s policy of employing local people and investing in them through skills training in the workplace has lead to a number of
exciting projects, from the provision of Environmental Services to the establishment of the Dalton Education Trust.
ZuluWaters also supports the local traditional ZuluWaters Dance Warriors. They are a hugely popular act among visitors to the reserve, and are now magnificently attired thanks to a grant from the Trust. They have recently won top honours in the annual KwaZulu-Natal traditional dance championships.
The frontier farms have never discriminated between men and women – in these demanding conditions, where there are never enough hands to get through the work of a day, resourcefulness and toughness belong to everyone. So the women here work with stone and timber, fight fires, dig the soil. But they do it with red clay on their faces, to protect those perfect complexions from the elements, and with more than a hint of the practical yet graceful ZuluWaters style.