Entries by Juan Verhoog

Hip to be square

The symmetry of traditional Moroccan ceramics, the elegant patterns of Persian art and the deep blue florals of Portuguese azulejos provide irresistible inspiration for Garden Route artisans. South discovered two successful studios dedicated to producing authentic hand-painted tiles for the international and local market. WORDS Clare van Rensburg PHOTOGRAPHS Melanie Maré Free-spirited entrepreneur Kirsty Hayward pours […]

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Life in 3D

From the small town of Sedgefield, 3D graphics creator Steve Corder designs characters that have taken the international stage. Working with, among others, American multinational technology giant Intel, this family man’s inbox will have you gaping. WORDS Ingrid Erlank photograph Desmond Scholtz Animation Steve Corder  The Intel contract is, however, just the latest achievement for […]


Otter Odyssey

In the world of trail running, The Otter African Trail Run has deservedly earned the name ‘Grail of Trails’. Mark Collins, co-organiser and a legendary endurance racer, explains how they secured a race on one of the most famous protected hiking trails in the world. WORDS Mark Collins  | Photographs Jacques Marais Staging a run on […]

Cutting carbon

An innovative project to replant one of the world’s most efficient carbon dioxide busters in the poverty stricken Klein Karoo is set to tackle environmental and socio-economic setbacks in an extraordinary way. WORDS Tisha Steyn PHOTOGRAPHS Hans van der Veen The usually quiet slopes of the hills outside Van Wyksdorp in the Klein Karoo are alive […]

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Extraordinary Mossel Bay

Mossel Bay is so cool the original humans camped here. So did the first Europeans and thousands of seafarers since then. Today, visitors come to see pirates singing, dive with sharks and drink tea dressed in vintage fur. And up the stairs of the region’s only public lighthouse, on a clear day you can see […]

Time out

Recognising that an increasing number of people want to escape the rigours of the rat race, wellness coaches are flocking to the Southern Cape, where the idyllic setting provides the perfect backdrop for the business of replenishing body, mind and soul. WORDS Yolande Stander PHOTOGRAPHS Lisa Greyling, Glen J Wray, supplied From yoga retreats and […]


Solar flair

When Pierre Villain and Peter Bloy came upon a 17ha hillside property outside Great Brak River, they saw an ideal opportunity for a cluster of eco-friendly housing among pristine fynbos and indigenous forest. WORDS Athane Scholtz PHOTOGRAPHS Desmond Scholtz Looking for a change after the tropical surroundings in KwaZulu-Natal and a break from work, geologist Peter […]


Déjà Vintage

In a tiny sandstone building near the end of a busy street, a vintage-besotted family charms the hearts of visitors with their quirky shop and boutique movie house, providing an unforgettable trip down memory lane. WORDS Athane Scholtz PHOTOGRAPHS Desmond Scholtz Knock on the door of 7 Marsh Street in Mossel Bay, and a soft-spoken woman […]

You are what you eat

As lifestyle-related health problems, including food intolerances, type 2 diabetes and obesity increases, more and more people are turning to healthy and balanced eating to cure their ills, rendering food a form of preventative medicine. WORDS Candice Ludick photographs Melanie Maré As people make better dietary choices for a healthier lifestyle, Garden Route health food […]

Abstract auto

The idea of concept cars can be traced back to the 1930s and General Motors design chief Harley Earl. While some of these failed to make the transition from drawing board to road, others, such as the hybrids seen on the roads today, were more than just a futuristic fantasy. WORDS Richard Webb Nearly 60 […]