Labyrinth key ring

… One of the few ‘left overs’ of our previous adventure (Soekershof, with maze, cactus labyrinth and succulent garden). In the workshop we had several local artists/craftspeople (one of them with an international reputation) who sold their (hand made) products to visitors who could appreciate true South African made arts and crafts. And it’s so fulfilling to know that all of them were able to uplift themselves from poverty and gathering an above average income from their own home and/or workshop.

The new owners transformed the workshops in a (money generating) trendy restaurant and accommodation. In South African tourism there is nowadays hardly any place for a truly mutual beneficial initiative between proprietors and artists/craftspeople. Most of the crafts for sale along the roads and on markets are from abroad … For the tourists there are also state and private funded ’empowerment’ initiatives where local people hone themselves in craft making… Some of these survive, most unfortunately not.

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Just wire-less

We don’t communicate with direct communication ‘lines‘. We communicate wire-less. That’s how we get the best and most affordable internet communication in South Africa. And uncapped. Communication via landlines is extremely expansive here in South Africa with about the highest rates worldwide. If we want to make a telephone call abroad we use Skype and since last weekend we can even make international calls with our cell phone for Skype-rates. That means that a call to Europe or America is cheaper than a local call via the landline of Telkom; the sole provider/monopolist of landline based communication in this country with a horrible reputation if it comes to service. That set aside; just want to show you the device, attached to our house, which makes wire-less communication possible.

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