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Finding a unique pattern in life that balances a busy work schedule with a place of sanctuary that allows the time to focus on your true passions is what Richard de Jager has found in Swellendam. As a stylist working…

We’re still experiencing long grey, rainy days in the Overberg countryside and we’re still spending our nights next to a warm toasty fireplace with a glass of red, but the sun is waking and raising it’s warm face on our…

An explosion of colour and textures greets you in Richard’s little corner of Swellendam at the Patchwork Studio. Lovingly curated Donovan is creating an artwork, a centre to uplift his community, a place of empowerment and education, a home for…

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric,…

You’re excitedly unpacking the boxes from the car at your new house in the countryside, the lady from next door pops over “just to welcome you to the neighbourhood”. She’s holding a dish-towel-wrapped bundle of freshly baked bread and an…

This is not the kind of dream you could get away with if you lived in the city. It wouldn’t be possible to rescue these animals and then think “I’ll just take them home and pop them in the back”.…

If you live in and around Swellendam, then there is a very good chance that you have met this wonderfully, kind human being. The English lady with the mischievous twinkle in her eye. Always radiating vibrant energy that crescendos on…

It feels like the most beautiful privilege to throw a few items into your backpack on a Monday morning, lace up your boots and walk out of your front door and up the road, through a forest and onto a…

Usually there would be World Games Day, where each grade selects a different country and then produces food or invents games inspired by that land and culture. Imagine a carnival of global flavours and tastes and small town families connected…

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I’d always dreamt of something more, more than the hum and buzz of the city-machine, more than the endless waiting in traffic, waiting for approval, waiting for payday for building someone else’s dream, waiting for Friday, waiting in lines, waiting…

Greetings, my name is Bruce. If you live in Swellendam, you might have seen me walking down the main road or along the mountain trails. I love the outdoors. I feel more connected to the earth when I’m outside or…

This wonderful video, created by the team at The Beautiful News, perfectly captures a little taste of what treasures our town has to offer. It feels good, as a local, to see some familiar faces and places in such worldly…

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