Huberta was a hippo, thought to have been born in 1928 on South Africa's Zululand coast. She made the news because, unlike other hippos, she liked to wander. By her journey's end, she had traveled well over a thousand miles. The media of the day reported her progress - she was a celebrity in her own right. When Huberta was shot dead, it caused an outcry.
The death of Cecil the lion has caused global public outrage, the like of which has never been seen before. On World Lion Day it is also important to remember the many thousands of lions whose welfare, and perhaps very existence, remain under threat from the unethical tourism taking place in Africa today.
In important and very real ways, South Africa's winemaking history is one of the youngest on the planet. A modern industry emerged only with the fall of the apartheid regime. That was a mere 24 years ago, and it is fair to say that over the decades since South Africa's industry has been unusually dynamic.
We were told that someone requiring treatment for Aids had died because they could no longer afford to pay their medical bills. Wives of some of the workers started to turn up at our house (R now worked from home as the company offices had no electricity) with babies and small children, asking for help we couldn't give.