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The State of the Fresh Fruit Market in South Africa

While browsing at my local Supermarket some time back, I had a sudden urge to quaff a long draft of delicious, fresh orange juice. I immediately set off in search of a pocket of the best of what South Africa … Continue reading

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Personalities of Graskop. Part 3: Ian Whyte PhD, SAN Parks Scientist Extrordinaire

  Dr Ian J Whyte, Kruger’s experienced elephant specialist is a confident and accomplished scientist but if it wasn’t for a rather sedate sport, his career path could have been very different. Born in 1947 in Vereeniging, and an underachiever … Continue reading

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Personalities of Graskop. Part 2: Louis Audie, one of South Africa’s Accomplished Artists Relocates to Graskop

Louis Audie Accomplished Fine Artist South African based Artist Louis Audie believes that he has brought the African Sunlight into many homes, corporate offices and the boardrooms of many people with his landscapes and wildlife paintings, which are realistic but … Continue reading

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Personalities of Graskop. Part 1: James Stroud, Artist. A Success Story in Fine Art

James Stroud Sculptures in paint There is nothing meek or ambiguous about a charging elephant especially when the tusker in question appears to be lunging off a canvas from South African painter James Stroud. His vivid wildlife portraits are so … Continue reading

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A Swing-Bridge Saga near the Potholes

“During the school holidays, my partner Willie Roodt took his family on a tour in his Kombi, near to the Blyde Canyon area where we were gold panning. The team of workers and I took a day off from work. … Continue reading

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…..That’s Where he Struck it Lucky !

There was an aged prospector named John Bourke. He tried his luck by prospecting in the Pilgrim’s and Blyde Canyon areas for a long time – but with very little success. He eventually landed up at the point where Bourke’s … Continue reading

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Some Aspects of African Silks

The first time I heard of African Silk, was from a man by the name of Ian Cumming. His hair was drawn back into a well groomed sumptuous pony tail and he was obviously a Colonial expat. He spoke with … Continue reading

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A Short Biography of Abel Erasmus

ERASMUS Jacobus Abel: Born in Weenen, Natal, on 8 February 1845 to the voortrekker family of Jacobus Johannes Petrus Erasmus and his wife, Maria Margaredia Cadierina (nee Jordaan). His father died shortly after his birth and his mother decided to … Continue reading

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Dramatic Contrasts in Blyde Canyon

One beautiful sunny midmorning on the berg, at the head of Blyde Canyon, after the sky had darkened over, and turned an ominous grey, a huge cloud started developing in the south. The cool southerly breeze grew stronger, and by … Continue reading

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