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.
“Savanna Homecoming” (Part 1 of eight) profiles two women in East Africa's savanna. It is “the place where we were born,” says narrator Joe Morton. And as it happens Nairobi hair-salon owner Alice Wangui is about to give birth herself. But not in Nairobi. “I want my kid to follow the culture and know where she came from,” Wangui says. So she heads to her home village. Flora Salonik was born in a city (Arusha, Tanzania), but married a hunter-gatherer in the interior. Salonik loves him, but desperately misses her family and life in town, and has a decision to make.