8 ED’S LETTER
Werner Winterboer, a reader of this mag, sent us a whacky story about how he and his friend rode camels along the beach from Strandfontein to Elands Bay (p 56). “The camels were terrible,” he writes. “But the people of the West Coast were wonderful.” It’s not just the people of the West Coast. I’m reminded daily that the people of South Africa are wonderful. Indeed, this is one of the main privileges of working at go! I see it in the letters we receive about favours that strangers have done for our readers, or the inspiring people they’ve met on their travels (p 12). I see it in the stories our writers collect from every corner of South Africa; places like Calvinia in the Hantam Karoo, where Sophia van Taak was welcomed with open arms this month (p 94). And I experienced it myself, like when I travelled with readers André and Alta de Waal, Jannie and Lucie de Wet, Adriaan and Wilma Kellerman, Roland and Chrissie Wilkinson, Nick Beyers and Stacey Westwater, from the tail of the Drakensberg to the Wild Coast on a special tour with Mpafa (p 48). On a trip like this, strangers from all over the country meet at a designated place (in our case it was Rhodes), brought together by a love of nature, an eagerness to learn more about our country and the fact we’re all readers of go! and our sister magazine Weg. It’s hard to say goodbye after a week on the road together, and when you look back at the friendships you made, you realise again: South Africa is full of wonderful people!
PIERRE STEYN PSteyn@Media24.com