The prestigious South African award was made in recognition of his Karoo-based features published during 2013 in South African Country Life Magazine, a leading Caxton lifestyle monthly.
Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit promote, celebrate and defend South Africa’s semi-desert heartland through their internationally recognised website – www.karoospace.co.za – and their Karoo Keepsakes series of printed books.
They freelance for SA Country Life, and expose the readers of this very popular magazine to the people, lifestyles and cultures of the Karoo. They also provide the publication with updates from the anti-fracking front.
“When we travel across the Karoo on the hunt for stories, we wear three hats,” says Marais. “First, the Karoo Space hat, then the Country Life hat and also the Karoo Keepsakes hat. We tell the story of the Karoo – in whichever way it presents itself. Mainly, however, we favour the good stuff, the success stories out there.”
The award comes a month before their three shows (sold out) at the Franschhoek Literary Festival – and their mid-year launch of some very special items by the Karoo Space E-Books Division.
“This is the year everyone will finally come to see the Karoo for what it is: South Africa’s finest tourism asset – and a national treasure that must be preserved and defended at all costs,” says a rather biased Chris Marais. But what’s wrong with a hearty dollop of passion, then?