go! Platteland - - CHITCHAT -

As a plat­te­lander, I’m re­ally very pleased that we fi­nally have our own magazine – one that fills ev­ery­one who reads it with nos­tal­gia.

We live in Breyten, Mpumalanga, near the source of the Vaal River, but the cows and chick­ens that scram­ble out of the way of cars here are more of a nui­sance for us hand­ful of gar­den­ers, as they dam­age our gar­dens! Noth­ing around here looks quite as ro­man­tic as the spreads in Plat­te­land, ex­cept when Ben and Win­nie Oelofse put up their Christ­mas lights ev­ery year…

We do, how­ever, have the most beau­ti­ful sun­sets and one of the most beau­ti­ful land­scapes in South Africa, but it is dif­fi­cult to open it up to the pub­lic, as so many peo­ple don’t re­spect your prop­erty.

For a long time I didn’t re­ally un­der­stand why peo­ple from the city would book the chalet and stone house next to our dam and then drive 230km to come and find peace un­der the night sky, but you only have to ex­pe­ri­ence rush-hour traf­fic on a Fri­day af­ter­noon in Pre­to­ria once to be re­minded that open spa­ces, clean air and peace are ac­tu­ally free.

We plat­te­landers should try harder to give city folk ac­cess to our se­cret trea­sures. Make sure your ac­com­mo­da­tion is com­fort­able and keep your rates af­ford­able, be­cause then they’ll re­turn – this time per­haps with friends and fam­ily. It is plat­te­land hos­pi­tal­ity and God’s cathe­dral – the blue sky by day and the stars at night – that al­low those urbanites to breathe deeply so they can re­turn to the con­crete jun­gle with re­newed vigour.

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