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SA Country Life


The magazine’s readers may live in the city, but their hearts are in the country. SA Country Life offers a unique mix of travel, lifestyle, heritage, conservation, green living and food and wine, while the property and accommodation classified pages are used by those looking for unique getaways, weekend escapes or their own place in the country. The magazine is a welcome escape from the rat race and reminds the reader that life is to be enjoyed.

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editor’s note

Where has the year gone? It feels like just the other day that we were making plans in the office for 2019, and here we are in November. (Okay, technically it’s the end of September, but in the magazine world we work three months in advance). It suddenly dawned on me that I still have to book Christmas flights. Horribly expensive now and, whenever I resume my online search, ticket prices have jumped (and the return flights in January are double). Ever heard of dynamic pricing? (Read Colin Cullis’ column Future Watch on page 88 and all will be revealed about Big Brother and his minions). Presents? Here at COUNTRY LIFE we’re all about local, and kudos to President Cyril Ramaphosa for challenging South Africans to buy local to boost our ailing…

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sa country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita Hazell MANAGING EDITOR Janine Jorgensen ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Barclay SUB-EDITOR Julia Lloyd DIGITAL EDITOR Leigh Hermon OFFICE MANAGER Elsa de Beer 087 158 1831 CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Abbott, Ann Gadd, Blake Wilkins, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Fiona McIntosh, George Robey, Gerhard Uys, Greg Landman, Jenny Handley, Johan Wilke, Julienne du Toit, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Stephen Smith, Tania Anderson ADVERTISING NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Ronell Buitenbos 087 285 7878 JOHANNESBURG Sales Office 010 492 8356 CAPE TOWN Sales Office 021 001 2401 DURBAN Sales Office 031 716 4444 BOOKINGS AND MATERIAL Heather Daniels 087 087 7036 CLASSIFIEDS & PROPERTY Sales Representative Vanisha Jairajh 087 087 8903, vanishaj@caxton.co.za LAYOUT ARTIST Chadré Oosthuizen ACCOUNTS Sibongile Mbonami 087 087 7053, sibongilem@caxton.co.za MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Anton Botes FINANCIAL MANAGER Rohan French CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Claudette de Chermont HEAD OF RETAIL MARKETING & INNOVATION Dejane Poil MARKETING MANAGER Reinhard Lotz PRODUCTION MANAGER…

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Blake Wilkins There’s only one way to view a Cape leopard in 3D a few minutes’ drive from Sea Point, and that’s to take a drive to a Waterfront hotel, where a leopard maquette by sculptor Dylan Lewis is on display. So just this once Blake Wilkins was able to ‘capture’ an image of himself with this beautiful, elusive apex predator. People can spend years tramping the wilds of the Cederberg and never catch a glimpse of one, but cleverly positioned camera traps set up by researchers from the Cape Leopard Trust have captured images of these magnificent creatures, as part of their project to save the leopard. Read TakingTechnology to the Countryside on page 74. Gerhard Uys Gerhard Uys is an agricultural journalist who loves to take on a tough hike, which…

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country life needs you

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winning letter

Country Hospitality We took the R364 from Clanwilliam over the Pakhuis and Botterkloof passes to Nieuwoudtville (COUNTRY LIFE August 2019). En route, the indicator in our car signalled a loss of pressure in one of the tyres. Without internet coverage or another car in sight, we proceeded cautiously to Nieuwoudtville. As we entered the town, a local gentleman knocked on my window. “Meneer het ’n papwiel (Sir has a flat tyre),” he said, and suggested I go to the boerekooperasie (farmers’ co-op) where I could get assistance. Noting the car had a papwiel, an attendant asked if I had a snotstokkie. I was clueless. My wife thought he was talking about a cotton bud. He recognised our confusion and took me to purchase a snotstokkie (tyre plug), a tube of glue and…

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your letters

A Double Whammy Recently, a friend of mine thrust a copy of COUNTRY LIFE October 2016 into my hand saying, “I thought this might interest you.” Glancing at the beautiful cover, I was astounded to find articles about not one but two of the towns – Loxton and Betty’s Bay – in which I once lived. I arrived as a very young bride in 1961 from England to a sheep farm, Erasmuskraal, just outside Loxton, looking for the carpet of gorgeous flowers that appeared after the rain that my bridegroom had described to me. He had neglected to mention that it rained only about once every seven years. I eventually adapted to farm life with the help of some of the local farmers’ wives and remember some of the forebears of folk…