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Ryan James

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I am the Head of Development at Londolozi's not-for-profit partner organisation, the Good Work Foundation (GWF). GWF focuses on education, in particular helping people living in rural areas to connect to a new, digital Africa and all of its opportunities.

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on Beekeeping for Beginners

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Nicole Illes

Wow! Would love to try some Londoz honey!…The different nectar and pollen that the bees collect effect the colour and flavour- i can imagine proper lowveldt honey is awesome!…Here in the UK am a big fan of lavender honey (is creamy and mellow!)…Am currently fascinated by these awesome Sun Hives that are made rather like a traditional woven skep http://www.naturalbeekeepingtrust.org/sun-hive-biodynamic-initiative-0 I am aware that most people stopped using the skeps as they weren’t as easy/hygenic to keep as the timber equivalent…I would be curious to compare how the suspended Sun Hive performs in comparison…

Geri Potter

AWESOME!!! What a wonderful idea!! Bees in the U.S. have also been subject to attacks by killer bees from Mexico and South America, so any way to increase the population of the honey bee, anywhere, is a VERY good thing!! Thanks for sharing and best of luck!

Rich Laburn
Head of Digital

Thanks for the information Chris. Its incredible how tasty raw honey out of the hive is! Looking forward to seeing this project progress and of course the bees prosper!

Chris Goodman

Hi Nicole

The bees forage on whatever wild bush flowers are in bloom at the time, and the honey from my hive here at Londolozi is slightly darker than normal. I have also seen underground hives of a wild bee species called “Mopane bees” which have the exact colour honey as my hive.


Chris I love your Bees, they are really becoming part of the Londolozi family – Bees do such am important job on this planet!!!!!!

Wendy Hawkins

Oh Chris, we need you worldwide to get people to stop using poisons!!! I’m always arguing with my friends that still insist on using bad poisons that I know will do damage to all the little creepy crawlies & flying things! I pride myself on the fact that I use soapywater for all the insects here on plants & vegies & it works like a bomb! Enjoy your Bee-keeping & honeymaking, its such magic “muti” & can be used for all sorts of medicinal needs too.
Keep us posted

Zano Mabuza

We’ve had bees living in our ceilings on the family farm for as long as I can remember. I’d love to start learning more about them so we can keep ourselves – and them – out of danger. Any advice as to how to buy a good hive and relocate them?

I am in Zimbabwe and would really love to learn about bee keeping how do i start

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