Ny­dia Brits

go! Platteland - - MY TOWN -

Re­tiree Ny­dia, who is 85, has a no­table spring in her step. She moved to St Lu­cia with her par­ents when she was 20 – her fa­ther was in­volved in dredg­ing the iM­folozi River to help it flow prop­erly. Now, 65 years later, she and her cat, Buddy, live on a half-acre prop­erty with­out fences (her hus­band passed away in 1984). “I can only gar­den in pots be­cause I have to pro­tect the plants from hip­pos, duik­ers and bush­buck who come graz­ing at night!” she say. “I ab­so­lutely love liv­ing here – the essence of this place is ex­actly the same as it was when I ar­rived. I live in the green belt, so I don’t hear any traf­fic. It’s such a won­der­ful place! It’s safe – I am im­mune to thieves and mon­keys.”

Ny­dia is an honorary of­fi­cer for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. “I help to pa­trol the town in the hol­i­day sea­son, ad­vise fish­er­men on which bait to use, and chat to peo­ple. And we help to erad­i­cate aliens.” She looks out of the win­dow. “Lis­ten… Just lis­ten! That’s what you hear: ab­so­lutely noth­ing!”

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