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Travel & Outdoor
SA Country Life

SA Country Life

MARCH 2020

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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12 Issues

In this issue

3 min.
editor’s note

What do Poffadder, Pella and Pietermaritzburg, Prince Albert and Philippolis have in common? According to our office bible Dictionary of Southern African Place Names they are all towns and villages. Dorpe. Which got me thinking about what constitutes a dorp. Anyone will tell you that a town is larger than a village but smaller than a city. And a dorp? I grew up believing that if a place didn’t have a church it wasn’t a dorp, but I’m not sure the distinction is still valid. Think of Pella in the Northern Cape, known for its beautiful cathedral (which should make it a city according to some definitions). I doubt many people will even consider this dusty mission station a dorp. I’ve never been to Pofadder, but it doesn’t seem to fit the bill…

1 min.
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 Alan van Gysen, Andrea Abbott, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Daniela Zondagh, Fiona McIntosh, George Robey, Greg Landman, Jenny Handley, Julienne du Toit, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Stephen Smith, Tony Carnie 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 Shantal Pillay 087 087 8903, shantalp@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 HEAD OF RETAIL MARKETING & INNOVATION Dejane Poil MARKETING MANAGER Reinhard Lotz PRODUCTION MANAGER Sada Reddhi DIGITAL MEDIA STRATEGIST Aqsa Qureshi…

2 min.

Alan van Gysen Cape Town-based Alan van Gysen’s work as a surf and travel photojournalist has for the past 20 years taken him to many unforgettable places and incredible waves around the world, of special interest those in Africa. But it’s the stories of the people that intrigue him most, from a fisherman in Ghana to a sheep farmer in Vleesbaai in the Southern Cape. Read about the latter in The Salt Shepherd (page 56), Alan’s story on Jurie Müller, a man of the skaaplande who is as keen on riding big waves (and crafting the boards to do so) as he is on sheep. Says Alan, “It’s the connections I make with such salt-of-the-earth people that always last.” Tony Carnie Durban-based environment writer Tony Carnie (pictured with his wife Sheena) has “lived…

1 min.
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1 min.
winning letter

Life’s a Garden I read the article on Putsonderwater (Adventure to the Middle of Nowhere, October 2019) with interest. What caught my eye especially was the mention of the erstwhile prize-winning station garden. My father Daniel Jacobus (Don) Havenga was the station master, and wherever he was posted he had an obsession about beautifying the gardens. I have no knowledge of when he started working for the South African Railways but he was posted to Britstown around 1927. The resident station master’s eldest daughter, Edith Mary Beard was smitten by the new clerk. My mom and dad were married in 1929. My dad progressed through the ranks and was Station Master Gr3 at Kalkfontein before his appointment to Putsonderwater in 1934. Life in the middle of nowhere was harsh. The only water was brought…

3 min.
your letters

Protecting our Grasslands As the chairperson of non-profit organisation Friends of the Haenertsburg Grasslands (FroHG) and a resident of Haenertsburg, I read Obie Obeholzer’s article Too Much, Magic Bus (January 2020) with interest. Considering the statement on the COUNTRY LIFE website that the magazine presents the ‘latest information about what’s happening with conservation in South Africa’, I felt deeply disappointed by the article as I got the impression that the author had not gathered enough information on the subject he was writing about. In having to navigate the rutted road up to the cemetery he failed to notice two boards on the left-hand side at the start of this challenging road. The first alerts visitors to the Critically Endangered grassland and the other states the area as a nature reserve.This is currently maintained…