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go! Platteland Winter 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.

Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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people of flesh and blood

Just like in 2014 when we had to deliver the third issue of Platteland to the printers, we are sending to print this 23rd issue you’re holding in your hands on the day that South Africa’s 26,7 million registered voters (hopefully) go to the polls. And, just like five years ago, we experienced again this morning the sheer joy of walking the 400 m to Koringberg’s VGK hall – the voting station – and then arriving at 07:30 to wonder for a moment whether the rapture had perhaps taken place overnight. From start to finish, the process took two minutes. Who dares to complain when they’re afforded more time to live more slowly – and significantly better? (Or is a never-ending queue or too few ballot papers a small price to pay…

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go! platteland

EDITORS JOHAN VAN ZYL & PETER VAN NOORD ART DIRECTOR SEAN ROBERTSON COPY EDITORS CHRISTINE DE VILLIERS & KAY-ANN VAN ROOYEN CEO: MEDIA24 ISHMET DAVIDSON HEAD OF MEDIA24 PRINT MEDIA RIKA SWART HEAD OF LIFESTYLE MINETTE FERREIRA GENERAL MANAGER: MONTHLIES NERISA COETZEE HEAD: PROJECT MANAGEMENT RAJ LALBAHADUR HEAD OF FINANCE: LIFESTYLE JAMEELAH CONWAY FINANCIAL MANAGER MUNEEB ADAMS CIRCULATION MANAGER RIAAN WEYERS 021 443 9964 | riaan.weyers@media24.com BUSINESS MANAGER: ADVERTISING DANIE NELL 082 859 0542 | danie.nell@media24.com JEANINE KRUGER 082 342 2299 | jeanine.kruger@media24.com LIZEL PAUW 082 876 8189 | lizel.pauw@media24.com NICK FITZELL 071 430 6311 | nick.fitzell@media24.com SANETHA MEINTJIES 084 416 5797 | sanetha.meintjies@media24.com SHARLENE SMITH 083 853 1604 | sharlene.smith@media24.com THEA THOMAS 078 450 7771 | tthomas@media24.com VERNETTE RAUTENBACH 084 610 6432 | vrautenb@media24.com COMMERCIAL EDITOR GERDA ENGELBRECHT COMMERCIAL MANAGER LISE COETSEE lise.coetsee@media24.com MARKETING ANDILE NKOSI COMMERCIAL HEAD: PROJECTS FRANCOIS MALAN PRODUCTION MANAGER KERRY NASH ONLINE SHOP DONVÉ MYBURGH | donve.myburgh@media24.com RETOUCHER SHIREEN ALLIE PLATTELAND…

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chitchat

WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU! Write to us and tell us about your move to the platteland, the characters in your town, the things that bug you… Send an email to helloplatteland@gmail.com or post your letter to Platteland Letters, PO Box 526, Moorreesburg 7310. We give preference to letters of fewer than 300 words. Remember to include your name and surname and, very importantly, the town where you live. Platteland reserves the right to edit and shorten letters at our discretion. Winning letter Food and an income from our garden Congratulations! I am happy to hear you are now independent. Yes, the whopping increase in your magazine’s cover price made my eyes water. I hope your magazine won’t become unaffordable, like so many others. What would we read then? We farm in the Karoo, in…

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what’s cooking?

1 BASIC BREAD BAKING Learn the fundamentals of sourdough, yeast and bread baking from Annelien Pienaar, and why stone-ground flour from Eureka Mills is better for you. Attendees will bake a low-hydration farm bread using sourdough and a high-hydration ciabatta using yeast. HARTBEESPOORT | Saturday, 13 July 2019 Venue to be confirmed PAARL | Saturday, 20 July 2019 at Mynhardt Joubert’s Stasie Street Kitchen MACHADODORP | Saturday, 5 October 2019 at Millys of Machado Farm Stall and Restaurant, next to the N4 2 FERMENTED FOOD & SALT BLENDS Find out why it’s important to supplement the probiotics in your digestive system and learn how fermented food such as kefir and kombucha can help you do so. Attendees will make a quick sauerkraut salad as well as apple-cider vinegar, and receive a jar of mother of vinegar…

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news & diary

Karoo photos touch hearts far and wide Were you among the readers who loved Sam Reinders’ wonderful photo essay in our previous issue (Platteland #22, Autumn 2019)? This long-term project, which she calls her “Love letter to the Karoo”, recently made the shortlist of 25 top portfolios of the prestigious international Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize. Hundreds of entries from all over the world were received and assessed by a panel of 19 judges. The only criteria: the works had to be created on the African continent and engage with the African diaspora. “I’m completely and totally overwhelmed to find myself in such fine company,” said Sam, humble as ever, shortly after the announcement in April. In-between all her other international assignments – in places such as Johannesburg, New York and Nepal – Sam…

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dates for your diary

GAUTENG The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show, Sandton 6-8 JUNE Spoil your taste buds at this popular wine show, where you’ll get to sample and buy wine to your heart’s content. Where? Montecasino Cost Ticket prices vary – visit the website for more information and bookings Contact wineshow.co.za WESTERN CAPE Napier Wine & Patatfees 14 & 15 JUNE Plan a weekend escape to the Overberg for this celebration of food, wine, art and the good life. Contact napierwinepatatfees.co.za Napier Wine & Patatfees WESTERN CAPE Vries Jou Gat Af Fees, Sutherland 15 JUNE “Freeze your bum off” – the name says it all. Naturally, don’t forget to dress warmly for this festival of bright stars, good food, Karoo hospitality and music, now in its second year. Visit the website for the full programme. Where? Die Heks se Huis (on the main road, opposite the hotel) Contact vriesjougataf.co.za Vries jou Gat Af Fees MPUMALANGA Innibos Arts…

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