Blue Sky Karoo – Julienne Du Toit

Cradock Eastern Cape

Do I Emigrate or Do I Semigrate?

South African emigrants are often looking for an escape from crime, crumbling infrastructure and a better future for their kids. Some of that can be found right here, at a fraction of the price, in their own platteland.

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Rain

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

When stormclouds rumble over the drought-parched Karoo, prayers of gratitude rise along with the irresistible fragrance of rain on dry earth.

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Off-Grid, Low-Tech and Low Budget

How to live lean in the South African platteland.

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Taking Out the Trash in 2019

Sometimes filling up two rubbish bags with someone else’s nasty trash is the most promising start to a New Year.

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My Oupa’s Memory Box

Pieter Schalk du Toit (1892 – 1959) was my grandfather. Born near Cradock, he became a soldier and train driver. But his memory box revealed much more.

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moving to the platteland

Eleven Platteland Hospitality Tips

Thinking of moving to the South African platteland and opening up a guest house?

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Karoo Boerseep

The Alchemy of Karoo Boerseep

Nothing removes organic stains as well as boerseep. And as we found out in Murraysburg, this traditional laundry soap is still made the same old way.

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Karoo Shale Gas and Cradock’s Spirit

At a Shale Gas Imbizo in Cradock on 21 January 2016, the community showed Government the strength of its activist legacy.

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Shale Gas Briefing, Graaff-Reinet

When Frack Meetings Go Pear-Shaped

An expert team recently visited the Karoo to inform and seek input around shale gas and fracking. But why did things go awry at two of the towns?

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Chris Marais, Julienne du Toit

Riding with The Journey Man

Chris Marais has just launched The Journey Man, his book of reporter’s stories. His wife, fellow writer Julienne, says he was once a very, very naughty boy – but he’s all better now.

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