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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Continued from Chapter 5 Part 2

In the meantime the running costs of the farm as well as the conservation levies of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin made it necessary that, in one way or another, income had to be generated.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Continued … from Chapter 5 Part 1
Presumably Piet and Tilman were very interested. In 1979, together with Moyan van der Merwe, they bought the farm from Moyan’s stepmother, Johannes van der Merwe’s widow. In the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, when land goes up for sale, there is a preemptive right that fellow landowners have to be given first option to purchase before the land can be offered on the open market. (Since 2007 this rule has been changed). By going into partnership with Moyan, Piet Moolman and Tilman Ludin were effectively getting their foot in the door of a notoriously exclusive old boys’ club.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
Way down south on the continent of Africa is where you will find the expansive country of South Africa. Its land area covers more than a million square kilometers and its coastline runs for just under 3 000 km. South Africa is divided into nine provinces. Mpumalanga province, “land of the rising sun”, lies on the east, bordering on Mozambique. The tail end of the Drakensberg mountains forms a magnificent escarpment in Mpumalanga, falling away to the lowveld, a flatter terrain that levels out towards the Mozambiquan flood plain. In the eastern-most section of Mpumalanga lies the greater Kruger National Park, renowned for its sheer size (2,3 million hectares), its exceptional wildlife, and its scenic opportunities.

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Category: Our African Way
Posted by: Pippa
In 1992, with our years in Cape Town behind us, we put our belongings in storage in preparation for a journey. Well, actually, we filled up my mom’s spare room with boxes and dropped Bingo off with Inge. Then we hopped on a plane bound for New York via London. The next five months we spent traveling around the USA and absorbing another culture, one very different from our own. Most of the time I did not feel we even spoke the same language as the Americans! While it was eye opening to witness an efficient and confident first world society at work, I started longing for home and the charm of our African way.

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