Original content produced by Karoo Heartland.

South Africa may be in Lockdown, but in small towns and farmhouses across the Karoo Heartland, we’re sending you a video message, from our hearts.

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When my husband Chris and I left Jo’burg and moved to the Eastern Cape Karoo town of Cradock in 2007, our friends and family thought we were stark raving mad.

Many of them still want to know why we packed up our city lives to come to this Karoo river town. Actually, it’s a question that could be asked of any one of a growing tribe of South Africans who have sold up in the city and moved to a dorp in the platteland since the mid-1990s. So why Graaff-Reinet? Why Vanwyksdorp? Why Calvinia, Napier, Lady Grey, Toorwater, Bedford, Botrivier, Prince Albert, Gariep, Riebeek Kasteel, Brandvlei or any one of a thousand other specks on the map?

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