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SA Country Life

MAY 2019

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

Sadly we can’t all have a farm in Africa but, thanks to many farmers who have embraced tourism, we can share in all that comes with living on a farm.Agritourism is quite the buzzword. Not just a fancy word for farmstays, it’s the meeting of tourism and farming, with big benefits all round – visitors find a novel way of enjoying the countryside, and farmers get to supplement their income from agriculture and add value to their enterprise.Interestingly, agritourism began in Italy in the late 1940s. After World War II, small-scale farming became less profitable, and farmers abandoned many farms in search of work in larger towns, or emigrated. A situation not dissimilar to what we’re experiencing in our own country today. The Italians place a high value on…

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sa country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita HazellMANAGING EDITOR Zanél JordaanART DIRECTOR Nicholas BarclaySUB-EDITOR Lucia PoorterDIGITAL EDITOR Leigh HermonOFFICE MANAGER Carlyn Wallace 087 158 1830 CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Abbott, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Dale Morris, Fiona McIntosch, Francois Pistorius, Greg Landman, Jessica Ross, Julia Lloyd, Julienne du Toit, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Ron Swilling, Stephen Smith, Sue Derwent, Sven Alberding,Tania Anderson, Warren Heath ADVERTISING NATIONAL SALES MANAGERRonell Buitenbos 087 285 7878JOHANNESBURG Sales Office 010 492 8356CAPE TOWN Sales Office 021 001 2401DURBAN Sales Office 031 716 4444BOOKINGS AND MATERIAL Heather Daniels 087 087 7036CLASSIFIEDS & PROPERTY Sales RepresentativeShantal Pillay 087 087 8902, shantalp@caxton.co.zaLAYOUT ARTIST Chadré OosthuizenACCOUNTS Sibongile Mbonami 087 087 7053, sibongilem@caxton.co.za MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Anton BotesFINANCIAL MANAGER Rohan FrenchCAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Claudette de ChermontHEAD OF RETAIL MARKETING…

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Obie Oberholzer Writer and photographer Obie Oberholzer humours himself as a visual thug and travelling vagabond. He tells his “few remaining friends” that he uses his camera like a toothbrush, “it does the job”, and that his writing reflects the alluring, the strange and divergent features this great southern continent is so richly endowed with. Obie has travelled Southern African roads since 1975 and thousands of moments and situations lie sprinkled with enormous fondness in his being. In Heartbeat of my Soul on page 22, he speaks of the love of travelling the country roads of this, his ‘Happysadland’. His back-page Parting Shots are snippets of a life lived with passion and enthusiasm. Ron Swilling Freelance writer Ron Swilling’s work is regularly featured in travel…

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winning letter

Eyes Wide OpenI read Pat Hart’s letter on the demise of the wild horses in Namibia (March 2019) with interest. What caught my eye, was the snippet about the tourists in the minibus that drove past without a second glance, little realising what they had missed. You can easily miss so much along the way, unless you travel eyes wide open and curious.Take the N1 between Beaufort West and Laingsburg. A stretch of road to be covered as quickly as possible, but if you keep an eye on the veld to the left, 31 kilometres from the flyover you cross as you leave Beaufort West, you will spy a lonely stone monument. Stop and clamber through the fence, then walk the 180 or so metres, and you will be…

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Mike Ferrar your letter has won you a case of Almost Zero wine and a mixed Van Loveren tasting case valued at R2 000. Made from dry sauvignon blanc grapes, Almost Zero is crisp and light. Happy travels, but no drinking and driving. 023 615 1505, winehub@vanloveren.co.za www.vanloveren.co.za…

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your letters

Blast from the PastIt was most fun reading Franci Henny’s article Painting the Town of Tulbagh (February 2019). He mentions the earthquake of 1969 – the trigger that had me journey through portals of time to the night of the earthquake.My older brother and I shared a bed as children – which was quite common in those days – and on that particular night the bed started to shake. I called out to my boet to stop kicking me. He replied, “I am doing nothing.” Then I heard the rest of the family talking in the passage.The two of us got out of bed and joined them on the stoep. Everyone was totally bewildered, some still wiping the sleep from their eyes, wondering what was happening. Our neighbours were…