Thirty three wonderful people were admitted into the Mphil programme in January 2004. The first module was full of energy, plenty of debate, wonderful meals, great presentations by the groups on the last day, and the beginnings of many new friendships and relationships. There are participants who have come from far away, such as Colombia, the USA, France, Gambia, Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique, as well as from all over South Africa. They come from all disciplines, including the geosciences, social science, natural science, and the planning disciplines. Of the 33 that were admitted, 9 are from the private sector, 14 from the public sector, 5 from NGOs and 5 are full-time students. 13 are white, 20 are black, 14 are men and 19 are women. It was this rich diversity that made it possible for the learning process in this module to stretch wide and dig deep.