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go! Platteland Summer 2018|2019

The slow life is the good life: go! Platteland celebrates the rural lifestyle and the entrepreneurial spirit of people whose hearts are in the platteland – whether they grew up in the countryside or are already based there, are contemplating making the move or simply hankering after the rural life. Platteland offers articles that focus on entrepreneurs, DIY projects, animals, gardening, food, towns and people. It is both practical and inspiring – as much of a visual feast as it is a celebration of great writing.

South Africa
Media 24 Ltd
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4 Issues


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long live our entrepreneurs!

Back in 2013, when we hit “send” on the last page of Platteland #1 to forward it to the printers, our small team looked at one another, overawed, and wondered out loud: How will we manage to gather enough stories to fill a magazine every three months? Well, it’s a concern that has diminished with every issue, up to this one, #21, because we’ve discovered there are umpteen stories to tell in this country of ours. Just go to a platteland market and chat to the people who sell their wares. The entrepreneurs you’ll meet are inventive people who come up with genius plans, and often make a living out of what they sell at the market. Fate put some of them in that position – South Africa has an unemployment…

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Winning letter That’s a tit’s nest! Thank you very much for Platteland – I enjoy every season’s issue full of advice and tips. On page 67 in your article “Herbal healers of the Karoo” (Platteland #20, Spring 2018), Antoinette Pienaar refers to the nest of a cisticola, but according to all my bird books it is actually the nest of a Cape penduline tit. In Hopefield we host the Fynbos Show every year, and for the past 30 years we’ve shown guests this type of nest and told them the tit’s story the way Prof Christo Pienaar told it on his radio show back in the day. Over the years, we’ve received the most wonderful information from experts and ordinary folks alike, but I still use Prof Pienaar’s story as a basis for educating people,…

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lekker now and later!

Nothing grows in the sandy soil of Port Nolloth (read our story on page 72), says Annetjie Nell from Bloemfontein, who own a house in this Northern Cape coastal town and plans to move there one of these days. But one can’t survive on bread and meat alone, which is why she’s here: to learn to preserve vegetables for the lean times. Annetjie and eight other workshop participants had our Facebook followers quite envious with everything they learnt to make on this course: marinated artichokes, sweet-and-sour pickled cucumber, and vegetable pickles with mustard. Lots of people wanted to buy the booklet with recipes, but they’ll just have to wait for Marcelle’s next course. We didn’t forget about the meat eaters. Marcelle also showed us how to make the most delicious, simplest biltong.…

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dates to diarise

WESTERN CAPE Durbanville Plaasfees 9 March 2019 Experience all the joys, flavours and fun of farm life, including lots to eat and drink, entertainment, farm animals, tractors, birds-of-prey and snake demonstrations, stalls selling fresh produce and more, and kids’ play areas. WHERE? Diemersdal, Koeberg Road (M58), Durbanville TIME 09:00-17:00 COST R60 per adult and R20 for children 2-18 at Computicket CONTACT durbanvilleplaasfees.co.za Durbanville Plaasfees 082 417 5473 (Alida) COUNTRYWIDE National Rooibos Day 16 January 2019 There are countless ways to celebrate one of South Africa’s tastiest exports: invite friends, family or colleagues around for a cup of rooibos tea… or how about rooibos beer, gin or milk tart? CONTACT rooibosday.com Rooibos Day WESTERN CAPE Fragrance Fest, Garden Route 9 March 2019 Experience all the venues along the 40km Fragrance Route between Great Brak River and Friemersheim, halfway between Mossel Bay and George. The full programme is on the Proe Mosselbaai website. CONTACT proemb.co.za nelmar@vodamail.co.za Christmas…

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news & diary

The Great Wall of Africa Here’s something you can hit back with when you next find yourself at the same table as an Afro-pessimist: have you ever heard of the Great Green Wall? It’s a massive project with the goal to plant a 16km-wide, 8 000km-long strip of indigenous trees across the width of Africa in the semi-arid region between the Sahara Desert to the north and the belt of humid savannah to the south. The full name is the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, an African Union project involving more than 20 countries. Climate change will hit the Sahel harder than any other region on earth. Drought, famine, conflict over diminishing natural resources and a mass exodus to Europe will likely follow. But communities from Senegal in the…

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time to read

Foodies of South Africa: The Most Viral Recipes Ever! by Chantal Botha, Hayley Murison and Julie Brown Online phenomenon Foodies of South Africa is known for its epic, easy-to-follow recipe videos that inevitably go viral – from extra-cheesy delights to wicked combos and tempting sweet treats. This new book contains all its most popular proudly South African recipes watched hundreds of millions of times around the world, and is bound to become a much-loved, much-consulted kitchen companion. Do try the mouth-watering Croque Meneer made with cheese and biltong, the Chakalaka dippers made with good old maize meal, the Amarula rooibos latte or the famous Cheesy egg toasty, the most viral social-media video clip ever made in South Africa. It has been shared more than 660 000 times on Facebook alone –…