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go! Platteland Autumn 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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the dawn of a new era

There’s a beautiful symbolism to the fact that we had just turned 21 when Platteland found itself on the threshold of a new order. Media24, owner of the title, has entrusted us with producing the magazine independently as of this edition, the 22nd in your collection. What does this mean to our readers? Not much, we know. But the way we work has changed completely. We no longer need to be at the office in Cape Town, and the magazine’s headquarters move to Koringberg. One-hundred percent platteland, as it should be. Isn’t technology astounding? Here we sit in a tiny hamlet in the Swartland, while Sean Robertson, our art director, who is responsible for the attractive design of these pages, works from his office in Cape Town’s Waterfront, and our two English…

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Winning letter The right to be heard It is interesting to note how some raise their hands and object when reminded of our appalling history. How the facts of our antecedents’ inhumane treatment of fellow human beings make us uncomfortable and defensive. Our Afrikaner nation suffered at the hands of the British. We built a memorial to the women and children who died. We listen to their stories and remember. The Jews were tortured at the hands of the Germans. We built memorials, listen to their stories and remember. The stories of our fellow South Africans we do not wish to hear because we are implicated by descent. Ivor Price shared a heart-breaking story (“The ghost that lives on”, Winter 2018). If it were our personal story, would we not want it known? Would it not…

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bread, cheese and salt!

From early in the new year we started to get enquiries: Which workshops are Platteland organising this year? Are you coming to the north again? When will you be in the Eastern Cape again? Do you have dates for us yet? The good news is that we are indeed having workshops later this year. And we have our two stalwarts, Annelien Pienaar from Hartbeespoort and Marcelle Botha from Bloemfontein, on board again. This means we’ll be back in Cape Town, Hartbeespoort and Bloemfontein. To our readers in other parts of the country, we have not forgotten about you; we are working on a plan to expand the workshops. Watch this space. Since Annelien and Marcelle are involved, it means we’re talking bread. Here at Platteland we can never get enough of good, healthy,…

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news & diary

Did you know? In Africa, elephant dung has been brewed as a tea for centuries and it’s used in traditional medicine for anything from headaches to blocked sinuses. Help, there’s elephant dung in my gin! This may sound like a tall story (or a more scatological version of the fairy tale about Rumpelstiltskin who spun gold from straw), but here's the truth: Ibhu’s new Indlovu gin is infused twice with “elephant-foraged botanicals” that had been “selected” and eaten by elephants, and then partly digested and excreted (read: elephant dung). For those of you who shudder at the idea, we have five snippets of good news that might prove enlightening: 1 On Christmas Day, at the home of celebrated chef Margot Janse and Karin Cronje at Boschendal, Platteland got to know this gin and the people…

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time to read

Plate by Marlene van der Westhuizen We’d all be satisfied with at least one plate of really good food a day – without a starter, dessert or any frills. With Marlene van der Westhuizen’s latest cookbook at hand, published in hardback with exquisite photos by Robbert Koene, you can ensure such a home-cooked meal is delicious and healthy, whether you make it for your family or invite friends over for dinner. Plate is divided into three chapters – Meat, Poultry and Seafood – and contains only main-course recipes, ranging from classic fare to contemporary dishes that incorporate influences from around the world. The publisher says it is the ideal gift for a house-warming party or for novices in the kitchen, but even experienced home cooks will find inspiration in it. R395 Penguin 011…

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the reality of murder

We had been permanent residents of Koringberg for three years when the first issue of Platteland came out in the summer of 2013. It was eight years earlier, in the winter of 2005, that we discovered this village in the Swartland. Let’s just call it “love at first sight”, even though we’ve had to hear how this sad little place has no reason to exist. (In the Eighties the village really did almost become deserted. It was so bad that Die Burger featured it on its front page: The NG Church – in an attempt to rescue the place – advertised plots for sale at R10. Yes, ten rand – on condition that you built a house on the plot within two years.) Fortunately, Koringberg survived, even though in summer it’s…