Blue Sky Karoo – Julienne Du Toit

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, Tequila, Agave, Graaff-Reinet

The Legend of Karoo Tequila

Remember the heady days of Karoo Tequila? That Agave stuff with a kick like a Mexican mule? This is its pickled history.

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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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Rain

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Desert people see rain and water differently to the way city people see them. Is that why frackers are making so little headway in the Karoo?

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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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Jan-Willem Eggink

Shell Spinning its Wheels

Shell held a public meeting in Cradock on Monday 8 June 2015, but no one could quite figure out why.

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Cradock church

Cradock: Life in a Small Town

Swapping Johannesburg for Cradock was one of the best moves we ever made. Here are some of the reasons why.

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Popular Fracking Opposition in the Karoo

Back in 2011, resistance to fracking and shale gas exploration came mostly from white landowners. But things have changed in the Karoo.

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Snow Patrol Through the Eastern Karoo

The snows were late to the Eastern side of the Karoo this year. No matter. They brought fun to humans and clothed the mountains in haughty grandeur.

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