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June- July 2021

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2 min
vogel valleij farm stall, bot river

It’s an overcast day in April when a snap decision to visit the Vogel Valleij farm stall has me hitting the brakes a touch too hard, launching my freshly brewed cappuccino across the dash. I’ve driven past this farm stall – a small, solitary building next to the R43 – on my way to Hermanus many times, but today feels like a good day to pull over. The exterior is rustic: white walls and a corrugated iron roof. The stoep is also surrounded by a few sheets of corrugated iron, presumably to shield the entrance from winter rain, which is imminent. A white plastic chair stands under the overhang facing the busy road, but it’s empty at the moment. Walking inside I’m greeted by the chair’s usual occupant, Margie le Roux, a…

3 min
meet the author

Tell us about The Forgotten Scientist. It’s about a pioneering black scientist who made a great contribution to the fields of anthropology and ornithology in South Africa. Saul Sithole worked at the Transvaal Museum (now the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History) from 1928 to 1990. He gave six decades of his life to the scientific world and even apartheid did not stop him. I was inspired by his dedication to his profession. Whether he was doing taxidermy or working with fossils, he gave his all. Yet he never received the official recognition he deserved. How did you approach your research? It was important for me to speak to Sithole’s family, former colleagues and acquaintances to get a full picture of him so as to bring his story to life. I formed…

1 min
road music

Indaba Is by Various Artists, Brownswood Recordings £8 from indaba-is.bandcamp.com This spirited collective effort, pulled together by pianist Bokani Dyer and songwriter Siyabonga Mthembu, showcases some of South Africa’s finest young musicians. The eight (long) tracks expand and contract at just the right pace to show off a smattering of different views: a silhouetted roost of egrets, a chunk of sunset wedged between city buildings… Genres are hopped between like a late-night finger rolling an FM dial, searching for signal somewhere between Bloemfontein and Beaufort West: jazz to rock, rhythmic beats, back again. Thematically, there’s love and politics, place and person. “Ke Nako” by Dyer feels like a call to arms, then “Umthandazo Wamagenge” by The Brother Moves On soothes, whistles in the dusk and eases an arm around your shoulders. “What is History”…

2 min
game-rich northern botswana!

Our northern Botswana tour begins at the community-based Khama Rhino Sanctuary in central Botswana, where we spend our first night before moving on to the spectacular Kubu Island, a granite rock outcrop on the Makgadikgadi Pans, for a night under the stars. The next morning after enjoying coffee and rusks against a backdrop of the iconic baobabs, we head north along the edge of the empty salt pans, testing our 4x4 driving on the sandy terrain. We have a light picnic lunch en route to our next campsite. We spend two days on the banks of the Boteti River, 30 km from Maun. There will be an opportunity to do a flight over the Okavango Delta (own expense), explore the local markets or simply chill in camp before a late afternoon…

7 min
the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker

The KZN Midlands is a canvas upon which the seasons are painted. In winter, the brittle grass is burnt by frost and dampened by mist that lingers in the valleys. Black firebreaks mar the land beneath a pale sky. And then, as if remembering itself, the landscape explodes into a dazzling summer. The sun awakens Christmas beetles that call the thunderstorms and herald the green world that surrounds me now. I’m driving on the R103 towards Nottingham Road, a small town I haven’t visited since playing hockey matches there as a girl. (I grew up in Hilton.) “Notties” is about 20 km north-west of Pietermaritzburg and 25 km south of Mooi River. Before the N3 was built, this was the main route to Johannesburg. It has so many twists and turns,…

9 min
as easy as pie

Pulled pork pie with cornbread crust Serves 4 Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 3 hours You need • 1,2 kg pork shoulder, deboned and in 3 cm cubes• 1 tablespoon brown sugar• 1 teaspoon each braai salt and smoked paprika• 1 chilli, chopped• 1 clove of garlic, chopped• ¼ cup brown vinegar• 1 cup beer (we used lager)• ¼ cup braai sauce of your choice For the crust •2/3 cups milk• 1 tablespoon vinegar• ½ cup fine polenta• ½ cup self-raising flour• 1 egg• 1 tablespoon melted butter• ¼ cup finely grated cheddar• 1 preserved jalapeño chilli, chopped (optional) Here’s how 1 Preheat the oven to 160° C. Add all the ingredients for the filling except the braai sauce to an ovenproof pot and roast for about two hours with the lid on. Pour the braai…