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go! July 2019

South Africa’s number one travel and outdoor lifestyle magazine. We pay our own way and tell it like it is. We drive back roads and speak to real people, giving you practical information about affordable destinations in southern Africa. Each issue is crammed with excellent photography, honest gear reviews and delicious recipes to make at home or in the bundu. Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend or a month, your journey starts here.

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Media 24 Ltd
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12 Edities

IN DEZE EDITIE

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living history

I’m a sucker for history. Or herstory, ourstory – even theirstory. A tired school curriculum filled with dusty old dates nearly killed my enthusiasm for the past, but when I got to Rhodes University and met Professor Rodney Davenport – then the head of the history department – I knew that I should immediately forget everything I’d learnt at school. Just because one guy (it’s almost always a man) prevailed as the victor and recorded his version of events, doesn’t mean that’s the truth. Similarly, history isn’t just a bunch of dates grouped around treaties that need to be memorised. No, it’s about how our ancestors lived. They were beings of flesh and blood, who feared, loved, hoped and dreamt as they walked and sometimes staggered through life. Just like us. This…

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behind the scenes

You grew up reading this magazine… Yes! I attended the launch of WegBreek (as Weg was called then), in Greyton, when I was eight years old. My godmother was involved with the magazine at that time; I’m pretty sure there’s a photo of me eating popcorn around a campfire in the first issue. What’s your favourite thing about the magazine? For me, the beauty of Weg and go! has always been the human side of the stories. You really get to know the writers. If Toast Coetzer ends up somewhere obscure in the Free State and something odd happens to him, as a reader you say to yourself, “Ah, classic Toast.” Now, you’re part of the team and you can tell your own stories! The fact that I get paid to write…

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go!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF (WEG & GO): PIERRE STEYN editor@gomag.co.zaDEPUTY EDITOR: ESMA MARNEWICKTRAVEL EDITOR: TOAST COETZERFOOD EDITOR: JOHANÉ NEILSONCOPY EDITORS: MARIJCKE DODDS, MARTINETTE LOUWPICTURE EDITOR: SHELLEY CHRISTIANSJOURNALIST: SOPHIA VAN TAAK, KYRA TARRART DIRECTOR: LYNNE FRASERDESIGNER: ASHWELL PRINSCARTOGRAPHER: FRANÇOIS HAASBROEKWEB EDITOR: MARCELLE VAN NIEKERKCONTRIBUTORS: JON MINSTER, ERNS GRUNDLING CEO MEDIA24: ISHMET DAVIDSONCEO PRINT MEDIA: RIKA SWARTGENERAL MANAGER – LIFESTYLE: MINETTE FERREIRAGENERAL MANAGER – MONTHLIES: NERISA COETZEECOMMERCIAL MANAGING EDITOR: GERDA ENGELBRECHTPRODUCTION MANAGER: KERRY NASHFINANCIAL MANAGER: MUNEEB ADAMSCIRCULATION MANAGER: RIAAN WEYERS riaan.weyers@media24.comBUSINESS MANAGER – SALES: DANIE NELL danie.nell@media24.com ADVERTISING SALES JOHANNESBURG JEANINE KRUGER 082 342 2299 jeanine.kruger@media24.comLIZEL PAUW 082 876 8189 lizel.kok@media24.comSHARLENE SMITH 083 583 1604 sharlene.smith@media24.comTHEA THOMAS 078 450 7771 tthomas@media24.comYUMNA ROJAN 072 399 5789 Yumna.rojan@media24.comYELANDA MITCHELL 074 897 9576 Yelanda.Mitchell@media24.comKYLEE ROBERTSON 076 263 9114 kylee.robertson@media24.com CAPE TOWN NICK FITZELL 071 430 6311 nick.fitzell@media24.comSANETHA MEINTJIES 082 957 9747 sanetha.meintjies@media24.comHANNES BURGER 076…

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upfront

Travel with an open heart My wife Hermie and I love the West Coast and Namaqualand. A few years ago, before we went on holiday there, we made up 40 gift bags full of school stationery, which we handed out to underprivileged children in the Lambert’s Bay, Springbok and Soebatsfontein areas. We went back this year and decided to get stuck in again. I made wooden blocks and Hermie made bean bags and wash cloths. Friends donated clothes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, paper, and other teaching materials. We gave everything to the Kabouterland nursery school in Nieuwoudtville, with the help of Erika Kotzé from Willemsrivier Guest Farm. We dropped off the gift bags on the first day of school after the April holidays. The excitement on the kids’ faces was something else. Their teacher Rochelle…

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q & a

Name and number, please Q DAAN CILLIERS from Sasolburg writes: I recently visited Mokala National Park near Kimberley. On a 4x4 trail, I came across a group of white-backed vultures at a wildebeest carcass. One of the vultures was marked with a tag (number T375). What does this number mean? A RONELLE VISAGIE of the Endangered Wildlife Trust says: Thanks for the feedback. We’ve been monitoring white-backed vultures in Mokala since 2008. Last year, I visited about 300 trees with nests – in the park and on surrounding farms. About 150 nests were active and we tagged 101 chicks as part of a study to track the vultures’ movements. When someone reports a tag number to us, we know how old the chick is and how far it has moved from its nest.…

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good to know poachers be warned

The Wildlife Protection Project (WPP) is an anti-poaching initiative that uses science and data technology to make defending South Africa’s rhinos less militant and more sustainable, both practically and financially. Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo is currently hosting and contributing towards the project’s pilot phase, which involves a collaboration between MTN, IBM and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. How does it work? The project uses predictive analytics technology for early detection of poaching activity. It sounds complicated, but the idea is simple: Data collected from collared herbivores (zebra, impala, wildebeest and eland) suggests that the behaviour of a prey animal, and its spatial distribution, changes when it encounters a predator. This basic survival instinct was harnessed by researchers who asked, what if the definition of “predator” was broadened to include humans? By better…

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