I met Karabo and Mpume when they were on vacation, celebrating their recent engagement. They were taking a much-deserved break from their busy professional lives in Pretoria, enjoying the day at the lodge’s infinity pool overlooking a breathtaking gorge. Karabo is an accounting graduate and aspiring CA, and a model with SRTM, and her fiancé, Mpume, works in telecommunications. They are a great example of the happy, middle-class people encompassing South Africa today.
When I met James he was juggling his job as a receptionist at a campground, and when no one else was around he was writing away in a notebook. With a friendly demeanor like his, it wasn’t long before we got to chatting. I find out he’s the Minister of his local church, and had been working on his upcoming sermon. He was happy to share some of his Christian wisdom with me. Particularly memorable, was how lucky he felt to live in a community that prioritizes love and family over greed and money.
Anwar is a 2nd generation South African. He was in the newborn product development business, but is putting his entrepreneurial skills to new use developing a peanut flavoured nut-free spread. Proudly showing me the logo mock-up, he tells me it should reach shelves within the year. Anwar openly discusses apartheid with me, saying because of segregation his childhood dream of being a pilot was out of reach. Today, however, I’m told skin colour has no merit. “Unlike for me, my son has no limits.”
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Steve is a product of the Bush War, during which he defended against lions in the night, and spent years battling a war he could never fully understand. He's an ultra marathon runner, organizes youth volunteer trips into Lesotho, and runs one of the most successful accommodations and horse trail operations in the Drakensberg mountains. His dog Vera, whose being trained to care for his farm’s flock of sheep, followed him everywhere he went.
A country with it all - ocean, mountains, wildlife parks and cultural diversity - means you'll visit South Africa once and immediately be planning your return.