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Karoo education

A Karoo Farm School with a Difference

How do you go about breaking the bonds of poverty? A tiny Karoo farm school near Colesberg shows the way.

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The Taste of Cranemere

Of all the farms in all the Karoo, Cranemere is among the best known. It is the central character in Eve Palmer’s classic book, The Plains of Camdeboo.

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Karoo, flat-topped mountains

Layer-Cake Karoo

The unique geology and flat-topped mountains of the Karoo have their origin in ancient inland seas, giant mountains and fiery lava.

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Karoo farming

Progressive Farmers of Graaff-Reinet

Being a Karoo farmer is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Forward-thinking veld management ways have taken root here, notably around Graaff-Reinet.

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Prickly pear

A Prickly Customer

From the 1880s right up to the mid-1930s, debate raged over what to do about the Karoo’s prickly pear invasion. The cochineal beetle and cactoblastis moth borer dealt it a killer blow. These days it’s quite respectable.

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Karoo food

Bedford’s Winter Food Festival Programme

Following on from the success of Bedford’s first food festival in April this year, a new winter Soul Food Festival is being held on 26 to 28 July 2013.

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Snow, Karoo

Snowfalls in Karoo National Park

June 2013: Snow has fallen for the first time this year on Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West.

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Fracking, public participation meeting

Karoo Fracking – The People say No

This article from our archives was written after one of Shell’s first public participation meetings in the Karoo. It makes for fascinating background reading.

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Vegetable soup

Soup in Winter

Outside, a lowering pewter sky. Inside the kitchen, it is time to make soup, and I am instructing Chris in the art of it.

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Kendrew, settlers

Kendrew’s Forgotten Past

A Karoo train siding called Kendrew, and the dark side of movie mogul Isadore William Schlesinger.

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