Series of National Geographic documentaries exploring Africa
Conclusion. “Southern Treasures” profiles two faces of South Africa's mining industry: veteran miner Putswa Tekane and Xoliswa Vanda, the only woman in a mine employing 5000. Vanda, 26, has ambitions to be a manager, something no South African woman has accomplished. But first she must pass a rigorous exam. Tekane, a poet and Catholic lay preacher from Lesotho, has mixed feelings about his job. He hates the fact that it keeps him away from his family most of the year, but it pays well and he doesn't want to lose it: Layoffs are endemic for miners. And for his younger colleagues, so is AIDS.
“The Leopards of Zanzibar” (Part 7 of eight) profiles young “free-diving” fishermen on the Tanzanian island off Africa's Swahili Coast. Leopards is the name of their amateur soccer team, which is their passion. “They think about only one thing,” says a woman in their village. But dive they must to make a living, and one fisherman, Issa Simai, can go down 60 feet (for three minutes) in search of octopus. And when he needs more money (for a trip to Dar es Salaam for an important match) he dives for lobster. They're hard to catch but they bring big money at tourist hotels. Joe Morton narrates.