Suid Afrika

South Africa – Suid Afrika – Súd-Afrika   The South Africa of today is not my painting illustration patch, not much anyway. I wander on its veldt and in the marginal desert country, and I see its jungle, but I think it is an over-the-top type of place, a place…...

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Bulk Tourism

It is said that 450,000 people flock to see Pilanesberg per year. That’s a lot. You can see the infrastructure. It’s like a well-oiled machine. The sightseeing vehicles are labelled to show which lodges they are belonging to, the hosts of the staying guests. With 365 days in the year…...

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Talking the Talk

Paul said I should meet someone, a lady with a name in a shop behind a gate with bolted screen door. There she deals in saddles and horse world paraphernalia and art projects. He says she knows about our African project and her opinion is worth listening to. Quickly the…...

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The Shock

It comes as a shock when realising a truth you witness and the knowing. You know it and feel it and recognised it, but it actually never quite got out before. It’s a truth on the tip of your tongue, ready to be revealed; yet it fails to come and…...

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The Kruger Connection

South of Sun City towards Rustenburg is Bloemfontein and the Paul Kruger museum. The visit costs thirty rand and tips to the black guide who shows you the original constructions of bare boned pioneering. Here is the actual house and homes of Paul Kruger, the voortrekker and foundation president of…...

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The Veranda

Cruden Bay Road is an avenue of Jacaranda silently shedding lilac petals over the sound of water cascading to a fish pond. Ring necked doves coo in the eaves over a garden that is lush with exotic plants among cycads and fern. The early bird running club pass by, members…...

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Informals

A flood of ideas to illustrate spills out before my eyes; for the length of Joburg as it stretches noisily, a constant sound of people in attendance to the scenes I am watching while Paul drives. Weltevreden Park, Witkoppen, Honeydew, Krugersdorp, Roodepoort. We skirt around the greater Johannesburg that lies…...

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Gratuity

I’m unused to tipping. It’s not a going-on thing in Australia. Tonight I bill my drink account to my room and on the signing tab is ‘gratuity’. This is a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered, as by a waiter for example. So I add 10% and…...

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Big Jacques

Badger Bush hunting lodge’s Jacques Venter is big by any standard. He looks French and he says he has no idea of his origins. Doesn’t matter. Laurie is his partner and she looks German, or her father was German coming out from Europe she says. But she is Afrikaans now.…...

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