What began more than ten years ago as an eccentric backyard collection of old cars, signs and sayings in a Northern Cape village, has morphed into one of the region’s top party venues - The Williston Mall.
Pieter and Elmarie Naude are proof positive that one couple can make a huge difference to the place where they live – in their case, a little town called Williston, situated in what people call The Hard Man’s Karoo.
In an area not famous for its frivolity, the ever-creative Naude’s established a guest house, a collection of courtyard shops, a large performance stage and a pub affectionately known as the Doppies Bar.
From here they run the annual Williston Winter Festival (first week in September) and through the year they stage themed parties and live music shows.
The Williston Winter Festival has developed into a national cultural highlight, celebrating the Nama Riel, which is undergoing a renaissance in the Karoo right now.
This extraordinary festival brings together all sectors of the local community and the outside world at large, with its entertainment line-up that includes a number of well-known musicians and bands ranging from Afrikaans rock to Boeremusiek to Bluegrass.
The Williston Mall also offers guest house accommodation, on the premises and in various self-cater units around town.
Traveller’s Tip: Ask them to make you a famous Williston Mall Pink Milkshake – it’s the best one for many miles around!