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Bambanani school is one of the schools in our Proud Schools Project.

It is a small school with 420 pupils and is situated in the Northern Berg on the Dukuza road which runs from Bergville, behind Woodstock Dam and joins the Royal Natal road.

There is no signboard to the school and it is off the main road, on a beaten track that looks as if it may just lead to some houses.

The principal is incredibly enthusiastic and takes a great deal of pride in his school.

The school was rebuilt many years ago and only one of the old classrooms remains but is in a shocking state.  A look at the photographs below shows how the school grounds and gardens have been steadily improved over the last few years.

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North Durban Schools' Principals recently attended a conference at Champagne Castle Hotel in the central Drakensberg.

During their stay, they very kindly donated educational aids, stationery and books to the Drakensberg Experience Proud Schools Project. Below are pupils from Phumelelani Primary School and Mjwayeli Primary School with some of the donated items.

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The Drakensberg Polar Bear Swim Challenge took place on Saturday 24th June at the Dragon Peaks Dam.

Start of the 2017 Polar Bear Swim

146 brave 'Polar Bears' swam across the dam of which the temperature was 7 degrees C !!

Many spectators and swimmers donated pet food so the real winners were the Estcourt Animal Shelter and Khetani Animal Rescue in Winterton.

Thank you to all who took part and for your very generous donations.

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This past week we held the annual Royal Drak MTB Challenge which is a fundraiser for Royal Drakensberg Primary School. We changed things quite radically and decided on a family day of riding rather than a race and each participant needed to raise R1000 for education by selling 10x R100 Raffle Tickets.  Although the number of entries declined we had a wonderfully successful day with a super hospitality tent full of treats for all the participants.

Much thanks goes to the N3TC, our main sponsor, for their continued commitment through their Changing Lives Programme. As guests to the Drakensberg you shouldn’t be too concerned about paying these tolls. The N3TC provides a safe passage from Heidelberg to Cedara on the N3 route, they are continually maintaining this wonderful section of road through the countryside but best is that they are committed to growing communities and we are very grateful to them.

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The Drakensberg Polar Swim Challenge took place on Saturday 25th June at 12 noon at the Dragon Peaks Dam. 88 brave swimmers, the oldest being 67 and the youngest only 5 years old, took part. For safety, swimmers set off at 15 second intervals.

The winners were the Estcourt Animal Shelter and the Khetani Animal Rescue. An amazing amount of pet food was collected and divided equally between the two organisations. Wahoo Masters Swimming Club from Gauteng donated a whole trailer load of Pet food.

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On Sunday 5th February 2017, Estcourt Round Table held their biathlon/triathlon challenge at the Wagendrift Dam.  Wagon Drift Trail run resized

Athletes could choose to participate as a solo or a team entry for both biathlon and triathlon. There was a 1km swim, 10km ride and 5km run.
Additionally there were 2 other separate events - a 20km MTB ride as well as a 20km trail run.

This event is a family fun day out and was well supported by locals as well as athletes from Winterton and Bergville.

Midmar Mile swimmers enjoyed the swim as a training swim for their race to be held next week.

The weather was fabulous and conditions for the swim were ideal. Special thanks goes to Ann Gray who swam with the children, ensuring a safe crossing.

Estcourt Rotarians supplied delicious cooked meals and a great time was had by all.

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