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SA Country Life

DECEMBER 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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South Africa
Language:
English
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Caxton Magazines
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sa country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita Hazell MANAGING EDITOR Janine Jorgensen ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Barclay SUB-EDITOR Julia Lloyd DIGITAL EDITOR Leigh Hermon OFFICE MANAGER Elsa de Beer 087 158 1831 CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Abbott, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Duncan Butchart, Fiona McIntosh, George Robey, Greg Landman, Jenny Handley, Johan Wilke, Julienne du Toit, Louzel Lombard Steyn, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Stephen Smith, Vanja Lakic ADVERTISING NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Ronell Buitenbos 087 285 7878 JOHANNESBURG Sales Office 010 492 8356 CAPE TOWN Sales Office 021 001 2401 DURBAN Sales Office 031 716 4444 BOOKINGS AND MATERIAL Heather Daniels 087 087 7036 CLASSIFIEDS & PROPERTY Sales Representative Francis Germishuys 087 158 0299, francis@caxton.co.za Velile Ncube 087 158 0298, elilen@caxton.co.za Shantal Pillay 087 087 8902, shantalp@caxton.co.za Charmaine Pillai 087 087 8898, cp@caxton.co.za LAYOUT ARTIST Chadré Oosthuizen ACCOUNTS Sibongile Mbonami 087 087 7053, sibongilem@caxton.co.za MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Anton Botes FINANCIAL MANAGER Rohan French MARKETING MANAGER Reinhard Lotz CAMPAIGN…

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contributors

Julienne du Toit The normally hot and dusty Karoo at Christmas is given some sparkle by the remarkable community of Acacia Street in the Kroonvale township of Graaff-Reinet. Here, as Julienne du Toit discovers, local residents string up a festive lights fantasia every December (read The Spirit of a Karoo Christmas on page 30). For visitors and locals it’s a treat to drive slowly down this street, and enjoy the lights, and put a donation, if possible, into the tins of the Santas on duty. Kroonvale is not a wealthy suburb and yet those involved with the Acacia Street project and its Christmas collection make a big contribution towards supporting cancer patients in the district. Louzel Lombard Steyn Louzel Lombard Steyn is a freelance travel, food and conservation journalist based in Port Elizabeth.…

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Home Grown After an absence from the Cape of nearly 20 years, I was overjoyed to read your feature Blaze the Trails about the network of mountain paths of the Peninsula, by Fiona McIntosh (October 2019). What memories of enjoyable hikes of yesteryear it evoked. One of my last visits there was in the late 1980s with the former director of the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Professor Brian Rycroft. We hiked the route used by vehicles from Constantia Nek, where we parked our car. I was with a Dutch friend on a mission to collect specimens and seeds of the red disa (also known as the pride ofTable Mountain) from a stream on the top of the mountain, for which special permission had to be obtained. We received refreshments and hospitality from…

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your letters

Highs and Lows of Farm Life When we bought our farm, situated between Clarens and Fouriesburg, overlooking the Lesotho border, 22 years ago, I issued two requirements to my husband, before the option to buy was finalised: no animals – I knew they came with many issues – and plenty of water, as I am a keen gardener. And here we are today, with many animals and no water. We have sunk a number of boreholes with no success, as we’re high up and on sandstone, and dug a big dam.The dam is in the valley, on a perennial stream and nearly a kilometre from the house. Our first windpump was hopeless, while our second delivers water adequately, in stages, when there is wind. It was unfeasible to get power down there…

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december diary

Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights KwaZulu-Natal Enjoy a magical outdoor experience after dark when Africa’s oldest-surviving botanic garden is lit up by a trail of lights celebrating Christmas. Browse for gifts at the festive market before grabbing a bite in the food garden. trailoflights.co.za 12-30 December Ek Lief Krismis Market George Do some last-minute Christmas shopping at this indoor market on the Garden Route, with 150 exhibitors offering unique, handmade products. Special events include the Lof en Liggies opening night, when you can sing along to Christmas classics, and a dog walk for charity on 14 December. There’s also a children’s play area. ekliefkrismis.co.za 10-21 December Parys Christmas Market Free State Find unique handmade crafts, decorations, edible gifts and stocking fillers at this festive market. Then relax in the tea garden with coffee and cake after all…

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