SA Country Life

SA Country Life

MAY - JUNE 2020
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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

There’s been a Covid-19 information overload on our phones and computers, relating to everything under the sun about the virus ff non-stop news updates peppered with wonderful photographs, humour, poetry, and plenty of pretty frightening stuff in between. So I welcomed the arrival of Colin Cullis’ thoughtful perspective Living Through a Pandemic (Future Watch on page 88) on how to deal with the ‘new normal’ that life has become. Like many of you, the COUNTRY LIFE team has been working from home during lockdown and it has indeed been a huge learning curve, more so for the oldest member of the team – me. Finally, I have fibre and wonder why it took me so long to catch on, or is it up? We’ve all had to embrace paperless offices, Zoom…

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Peter Sullivan Amateur birder Peter Sullivan was chairman of BirdLife South Africa for four years, and says of his stint, “Hopefully it was because I was a good chairman, certainly not because I am an expert birdwatcher.” Well into the Covid-19 vulnerable age group, he claims that being from the Free State gives him immunity from all diseases. Or it’s the Klipdrift and Coke he freely imbibes. Peter was editor of The Star in the 1990s and is now a happy, qualified National Tour Guide, golfer, book reviewer, bridge player and backgammon aficionado, who loves travel (and has visited 70 countries). Read Of Battlefields and Birding, his birding feature on the Magaliesberg on page 44. Chris Marais Across the Karoo, there are pockets of creative people thriving in their communities. Prince Albert is…

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winning letter

Unity in a Time of Crisis The article Love In a Time of Drought by Julienne duToit and Chris Marais, (February 2020) once again drove home the point of just how dire the water crisis is in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape regions. A follow-up story on the COUNTRY LIFE website Rain Brings Sweet Relief to the Karoo , however, tells of the absolute joy that swept through this part of the country when pregnant clouds gave way at the beginning of this year. I believe that when South Africans from all walks of life came together to show unity, compassion and hope in a devastated part of the country, a prayer was sent up and the heavens opened. When South Africans come together, we are extraordinary. (edited) Kingsley Khobotlo, Germiston…

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your letters

Prominent Philippolis Figures In reference to Obie Oberholzer’s feature Peace Comes with a Smile (December 2019) and Pat Hart’s letter ‘Kindness in Philippolis’ (February 2020), my own great-great-great-grandfather was a missionary based in Philippolis from 1842 to 1856. He was Edward Solomon, born (auspiciously) on Christmas Day in 1820 to orthodox Jewish parents on the island of St Helena. By the time he was 21 years old, he was an ordained Christian minister and married. He and his wife Jessie had nine children, but it is about three of his sons that I would like to say more. Sir Edward Philip Solomon was born in Philippolis in 1845. He was a successful lawyer and politician and was knighted in the 1911 New Year Honours List. Sir Richard Solomon was born in Cape Town in…

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competition terms and conditions

1. SMS errors will be billed. 2. Participation is open to anyone other than employees of Caxton Publishers, their promotional partners and printers, their advertising and promotional agencies and their immediate families. 3.The judges’ decision is final. 4. Prizes are not transferable and cannot be converted to cash. 5. Offer valid for SA residents only. 6.To comply with the Consumer Protection Act, postal entries will no longer be accepted and winners will be required to supply their ID number. 7.There is no limit to the number of entries per reader. 8.The winner is randomly selected after the closing date of the competition. 9. Any extra costs incurred not included in the prize will be for the winner’s account.…

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june diary

Delheim Wild Mushroom Forage Stellenbosch Join a wild mushroom hunt in the forests of Delheim Wine Estate, where mushroom specialist Gary Goldman gives guidance on which fungi are edible, and how to forage in an eco-friendly way. Once baskets are full, return to the winery’s Garden Restaurant for a sumptuous mushroom-inspired feast served with the estate’s wine.The first hunt is on 16 June, with another scheduled on 3 July. quicket.co.za/events/98857-delheim-10 th-mushroom-forage-series/# Melville Koppies Hikes Johannesburg Make the most of sunny winter days by exploring one of Joburg’s green spaces. Join a 4-kilometre guided walk (takes three hours) on 7 and 21 June and learn about the some of the early inhabitants of the koppies. Or test your fitness levels on an 8.5-kilometre hike of the area on 14 and 28 June. Follow the Facebook page…