ED’S LET­TER

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - EDI­TOR schalk.jonker@me­dia24.com

Icut my jour­nal­ism teeth at a com­mu­nity news­pa­per in Parys in the Free State years ago. You’d be sur­prised by how much news there is in a town like Parys. Sure, there isn’t a cash-in-tran­sit heist or a po­lit­i­cal scan­dal ev­ery week, and when the town’s rugby team loses it was al­ways be­cause of “un­nec­es­sary han­dling er­rors and bad de­ci­sions by the ref”. But thanks to the lo­cals there was an over­abun­dance of news – from the Ro­tary Club, bowl­ing re­sults, schools news and gi­ant veg­eta­bles grown in back­yards to court cases, wed­dings, Christ­mas carol ser­vices and wed­ding anniversaries. I once had to pho­to­graph twins who cel­e­brated their 95th birth­day. These two had their hair done the day be­fore and slept sit­ting up in their lounge that night so not to ruin their perms. The photo was pub­lished in the news­pa­per the next Fri­day and a short while later my phone rang. It was them. I thought they were phon­ing to thank me for the pic­ture and write-up, but they were fu­ri­ous. They thought I made them look su­per-old in the photo. I felt sorry for the ladies, but the cam­era doesn’t lie. It was their 95th birth­day af­ter all and I don’t think any­one would have con­fused them with third-year NWU stu­dents. Just like the photo of the twins, on these pages we tell you ex­actly what we see when we go on our camp­ing or off-road ex­cur­sions. Yes, we tell the story and give you more info, but with re­gards to the fa­cil­i­ties we tell you how we ex­pe­ri­enced it. We never say who we are when we phone to book, be­cause we don’t want pref­er­en­tial treat­ment. We want to see the place ex­actly like you will see it. We also don’t rate camp­sites. We sim­ply tell you where it is, what there is, what it looks like, and how much it costs. The rat­ing we’ll leave to you.

Safe trav­els!

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