Karoo People

The characters – wonderful, crazy and colourful – who live between a wind pump and the blue horizon.

Ben Dekker – A South African Legend

Friendly encounters with South Africa’s own Robinson Crusoe, Ben Dekker.

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Gussie Botha, Vukusebenze Shelter, Cradock

Heroes of Cradock – Gussie and Baba Botha

Thanks to Gussie and Baba Botha, Vukusebenze Shelter in Cradock is a living testament to the kindness of local people and visitors.

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Thomas Lord, pianist, Karoo

A Pianist in the Karoo

Thomas Lord of Alicedale Farm near Steynsburg is a world-class pianist, and an equally gifted fossil hunter in the Karoo. Yet still a teenager.

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The Secrets of Smithfield’s Success

A Special Feature on Smithfield, in the southern Free State Karoo region of South Africa

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First Light on Jagersfontein, Free State

A true Karoo moment – dawn on the main street of Jagersfontein.

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Connecting the Karoo

Networking systems in the Karoo, South Africa

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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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Karoo language

Speaking Graaffrikaans

Graaffrikaans – it’s how we talk out here in the Karoo.

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Fly Fishing in the Karoo

Fly fishing with Alan Hobson of Somerset East.

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Emmie the Aga Lady

In most Karoo farmhouses, there is generally an Aga stove or an Esse lurking in the kitchen, quietly exuding welcome heat in winter. But sometimes things go wrong…

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