8 ED’S LET­TER

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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

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