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Your Letters
In reference to Obie Oberholzer’s feature Peace Comes with a Smile (December 2019) and Pat Hart’s letter ‘Kindness in Philippolis’ (February 2020), my own great-great-great-grandfather was a missionary based in Philippolis from 1842 to 1856. He was E
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Flowers To Spot In Fernkloof Nature Reserve
1. Aspalathus excelsa has sweetly scented flowers. A short-lived shrub of the Fabaceae family, it thrives in the first decade after fire, when it flowers en masse, but leaves behind abundant seed for the next generation. A total of 119 species of Fab
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Fine Wine
There’s something special about Franschhoek, something that inspires superlatives, and nurtures talent. Grande Provence Wine Estate has established itself as a must-go destination in the valley, with great wines, fascinating art on display, a stylish
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Winning Letter
Unity in a Time of Crisis The article Love In a Time of Drought by Julienne duToit and Chris Marais, (February 2020) once again drove home the point of just how dire the water crisis is in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape regions. A follow-up story
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A Head for Steam
Imagine a dystopian future in the Time of Hands, when you are measured by your abilities to walk up to a garbage dump or a scrapyard, select various objects and re-purpose them into, say, a serviceable coffee grinder. Or a radio. Or any useful gizmo
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Cellar Talk
Long-standing force behind the famous Graham Beck bubblies, cellar master Pieter Ferreira, affectionately known as ‘Mr Bubbles’, is making limited quantities of two Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines under his own name. The Pieter Ferreira MCC win
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Congratulations
Kingsley Khobotlo your letter has won you a case of Grande Provence Sauvignon Blanc wine, valued at R1 020. Grande Provence’sThys Smit is our winemaker this month. Meet him on page 93 and find out more about this winery and its excellent wines. For m
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The Beetles Have Landed
There is a signboard outside an historic church in the town of George beseeching visitors not to park their cars in the shade of a massive English oak tree. Erected by the George Heritage Trust, the signboard notes that this particular oak was plante
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Maná in Heaven
COUNTRY CHEF ◗ SUNÉ EKSTEEN Do you have any idea of the effect a speeding fine can have on the trajectory of your life? The life story of chef Suné Eksteen, bears witness to this statement. However, on the morning photographer Daniela Zondagh and I
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June Diary
Join a wild mushroom hunt in the forests of Delheim Wine Estate, where mushroom specialist Gary Goldman gives guidance on which fungi are edible, and how to forage in an eco-friendly way. Once baskets are full, return to the winery’s Garden Restauran
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Family Stays
Set in the foothills and the clean air of the Winterberg mountains, Blanco Guest Farm is one of those wholesome family resorts that has been going for generations – one that seems to run on fun, nostalgia and children’s laughter. Twice a day, there a
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Parting Shot
The USA comes up trumps regarding its national road network. They beat the entire world with a total length of seven million kilometres of road networks. South Africa comes in at 11th, just below Australia, with 750 000 kilometres, of which about 460
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Great Gifts for Dad
Transitioning from work laptop bag to weekend backpack with ease, the new Thule Construct Backpack has protective padding, 24-litre storage capacity and multiple secure pockets to keep electronic devices and essential items safe. Win a Thule Construc
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Hope In The High Country
The road to Machubeni starts as smooth tar from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, swiftly unravelling to potholed dirt as it winds slowly north for about 30 kilometres into the foothills of the Stormberg range. The krantz-crowned mountains are a dramat
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Into A Brave New World
There’s a great full moon dangling over our Covid-19 lockdown time here under the skies of our great Southern Land. The world’s pandemic ticking clock, enormous, like a monster, throws a slow-moving shadow over the Earth. It’s around midnight on 8 Ap
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Dragon with a Soft, Sweet Heart
It was against the distant backdrop of the Drakensberg – the ‘mountains of the dragon’ – that I saw my first fruit of the same name. Dragon fruit. Or pitahaya, a member of the cactus family that originates in parts of South and Central America. Its
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Art From The Heart
Everything about Kashief Booley, the Blacksmith of Prince Albert in the Western Cape Karoo, says Old School. And watching him work in the Striking Metal smithy on a rise overlooking the village, with the majestic Swartberg range sweeping across the P
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A Basketful of Medicine
The Cape Doctor is out in full force, determined to blow the Cape Peninsula squeaky clean as we drive into Winford, a farm on the outskirts of Scarborough that has been established as a private nature reserve. This enclave of the Cape floral kingdom
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Image Club
There’s certainly no messing around with this Bataleur Eagle in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, that’s for sure. Come to think of it, is it indeed a Bataleur Eagle and not a judge at the limit of his patience? Can’t you just hear him, all togged ou
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Easy Up Easy Down
If you are like me and tend to jump from one DIY project to another without finishing anything in one go, having an additional work station to use from time to time is handy. Or if you have limited space in a workshop or garage, a workbench that can
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OUT & ABOUT in Muizenberg
Head for Bluepriest gallery and clothing store in Palmer Road, in the old village of Muizenberg for the funkiest clothes. One-time portrait painter Cyan Khoury changed course thanks to some beautiful fabric from Ghana, and now designs and sells a hip
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Books
Business consultant Douglas Kruger’s credibility rating is high. He’s won awards as a speaker, presents locally and internationally, and is the author of six business books. His latest comes just in time for small businesses that are about to quite l
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Aloha Algoa
Thwack! Thwack! We’re inundated by a huge school of dolphins feeding in the waters around St Croix Island. Their soft whistles and grunts of satisfaction fill the air, but every now and then one will thump the water with its tail. Thwack!’ “We don't
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Giveaways
We are giving away a selection of books reviewed on this page. SMS the code JUNBOOKS, your name, telephone number, email and delivery address to 48402 before 30 June 2020. SMSes charged at R1.50 and free SMSes to do not apply. Ts and Cs on page 7. ■
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Algoa Bay Hope Spot
• A proclaimed Marine Biodiversity Hotspot, its six islands host half of the global population of African Penguins, 70 per cent of Cape Gannets, various species of whales, four species of dolphin, the list goes on. • The Alexandria Coastal Dunefield
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Author Interview
“They were both smokers, Adcock and Heine [Neil Adcock and Peter Heine, South Africa’s fast-bowling partnership in the 50s]. I remember them playing for Transvaal, stubbing out their fags on the rope before going in to bowl. I don’t know how they did
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EDITOR Nita Hazell MANAGING EDITOR Janine Jorgensen ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Barclay SUB-EDITOR Julia Lloyd DIGITAL EDITOR Warren Robertson OFFICE MANAGER Elsa de Beer 087 158 1831 Andrea Abbott, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Daniela Zondagh, Fiona McInto
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Cowboys Never Cry
He rides effortlessly through flat, red, open grassland towards the white sandstone bluffs of the Great Escarpment, a skilled horseman, rancher, adventurer and true-to-life African cowboy who sits a horse like he was born there. This observation is n
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Giveaways
GIVEAWAYS We are giving away two copies of South Africa’s Greatest Bowlers – Past and Present . SMS the giveaway code BACHER, your name, contact number, email and delivery address to 48402 before 30 June 2020. SMSes do not apply. Ts and Cs on page 7.
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Editor’s Note
There’s been a Covid-19 information overload on our phones and computers, relating to everything under the sun about the virus ff non-stop news updates peppered with wonderful photographs, humour, poetry, and plenty of pretty frightening stuff in bet
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